Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Line of the Day: July 4th, 2011

Vance Worley allowed just two hits and struck out six over seven innings to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 1-0 combined shutout victory over the Florida Marlins. He retired 12 of the final 13 batters he faced.

Line: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K; W, QS

My fantasy perspective: Worley has been impressive over his last four starts, going 2-0 with a 0.72 ERA spanning 25 innings with 18 strikeouts but 10 walks. Overall, he's 4-1 with a 2.20 ERA and 1.22 WHIP. Causes for concern: a 37/20 K/BB ratio in just 49 innings; a 4.03 xFIP vs 2.20 ERA; a 3.67 BB/9.

He was demoted to AAA after this start to keep him on his regular schedule and is expected to be recalled mid-July for a start against the Mets. Worley has definite streaming abilities and should continue to get opportunities to pitch while Roy Oswalt and Joe Blanton are on the disabled list. He's only owned in 15.9% of ESPN and 13% of Yahoo! leagues, so there's no need to rush to make a decision on whether or not to pick him up.

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