Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Line of the Day: July 5th, 2011

Dan Haren pitched a two-hit shutout against Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers to earn his 100th career win. It was the 13th complete game and fourth shutout of his career.

Line: 9 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K; W, QS, CG, SHO

My fantasy perspective: Haren raised his record to 9-5 with a 2.65 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP. His 107 (7.66 K/9) strikeouts rank ninth in the American League and are right in line with his career ratio of 7.70. He's only walked 18 batters in 125.2 innings, leading to a career-low 1.29 BB/9 ratio and a career-high K/BB ratio of 5.94. Having just reached the midpoint of the season, 18 wins and 200+ strikeouts seem easily within his reach.

Haren came into drafts as the 13th-ranked starting pitcher and is currently ranked sixth behind 2011 fantasy powerhouses Verlander, Jered Weaver, Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and James Shields.

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