Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Line of the Day: Ricky Romero: August 2nd, 2011

Ricky Romero allowed one hit, a solo home run to Desmond Jennings in the sixth inning, over eight innings while striking out seven and walking four to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. It was Romero's 16th Quality Start in 22 attempts. (video recap)

Line: 8 IP | 1 H | 1 ER | 4 BB | 7 K; W | QS

My fantasy perspective: Romero continues to mature as a pitcher and his numbers are proving it. His ERA is down (2.98). His WHIP is down (1.20). His H/9 is down (7.3). His K/9 is up (7.9). And his K/BB is up (2.25). These are all positive signs of good things to come for the 26 year old left-hander.

Romero is currently the 20th-ranked fantasy baseball starting pitcher, ahead of guys like Michael Pineda (21st), David Price (22nd), Jon Lester (23rd) and Tim Hudson (24th). Quite the output for a player with an ADP of 194.3 in ESPN leagues.

Question: What's it going to take (short-term and/or long-term) for Blue Jays to supplant the Red Sox, Yankees and Rays as roadblocks to a divisional title or wild card berth?

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