Thursday, July 7, 2011

Line of the Day: July 6th, 2011

Justin Masterson pitched eight scoreless innings in a 5-3 victory over the New York Yankees. He allowed just three hits and two walks while striking out six and raising his overall record to 7-6 on the season.

Line: 8 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K; W, QS

My fantasy perspective: Masterson is slowing becoming the fantasy pitcher owners hoped he'd mature into. He's on pace for 13-15 wins with a sub-3.00 ERA and a WHIP in the 1.20's. Not bad for a virtually undrafted player.

Via FanGraphs, his K/9 rate is down a bit to 6.36 compared to his career rate of 7.16 but so is his BB/P rate (2.81 vs 3.66 career). His ground ball percentage of 55.7% is also right in line with his career rate of 56.5% and helps explains a career-low HR/9 rate of 0.30.

He's only 69.2% owned in ESPN and 69% owned in ESPN leagues, so check out your league's waiver wire if you are in need of a quality starting pitcher.

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1 comment:

  1. Masterson's W-L record is deceiving, seeing as the Indians are only currently giving him 2.5 R / G in support (and that's after offensive explosions of 5 and 8 runs in his last 2 starts).

    It seems like the Cleveland offense is turning for another good stretch, so I feel the high-side of Daniel's predicted pace is not out of the question.

    It feels like Justin's coming into his own now that he's being used just as a starter and there's no mysteries or question about his role on the team. I can see these numbers starting to be typical for him as he continues in the rotation.