Saturday, August 6, 2011

Line of the Day: Jered Weaver: August 5th, 2011

Jered Weaver pitched nine scoreless innings, giving up seven hits while striking out eight and walking just one, receiving a no-decision in the Los Angeles Angels' 1-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners in 10 innings. It was the second time this season he's pitched nine scoreless innings and received a no-decision. (video recap)

Line: 9 IP | 7 H | 0 ER | 1 BB | 8 K; QS | ND

My fantasy perspective: Weaver lowered his ERA to a major league-best 1.78 but has a FIP of 2.57 and a nearly-doubled xFIP of 3.54. I'm sorry but I just don't see ANY regression coming. Since losing four straight starts in May, he's gone 8-1 in 14 starts with a 1.35 ERA with an 85/24 K/BB ratio. Over that span, batters are hitting .198 with a .244 OBP and a .282 SLG against him.

In standard fantasy baseball leagues, Wins, ERA, WHIP and Strikeouts all what matter and Weaver is getting it done in each of those categories. He's tied for third in wins (14), first in ERA (1.78), third in WHIP (0.94) and tied for seventh-most strikeouts (150).

Weaver is currently the second-ranked fantasy starting pitcher, according to ESPN's Player Rater, behind only Justin Verlander and the sixth-ranked player overall.

Question: Weaver finished fifth in the 2010 AL Cy Young Award voting. Where does he finish in 2011?

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