Sunday, August 14, 2011

Line of the Day: Tim Lincecum: August 13th, 2011

Tim Lincecum allowed two hit, three walks, hit a batter and struck out 10 over seven scoreless innings to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 3-0 win over the Florida Marlins. It was the 31st double-digit strikeout game of his career. He also lowered his road ERA to a major league-leading 2.08. (video recap)

Line: 7 IP | 2 H | 0 ER | 3 BB | 10 K; W | QS

My fantasy perspective: Lincecum is currently the 11th-ranked starting pitcher in fantasy baseball with his 11 wins, 2.58 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 175 strikeouts. With a 2.81 FIP, a 3.07 xFIP and a .277 BABIP against (via FanGraphs), you can expect more of the same from him over the rest of the way.

He has a chance to win 15 or more games this season with well over 200 strikeouts and an ERA and WHIP near career lows yet won't be in the running for another Cy Young Award, unless he goes on an incredible run to end the season. That's okay, though, for his fantasy owners who continue to benefit from owning one of the most dominant starting pitchers in the game.

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