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Line of the Day: Neftali Feliz

Posted on 11 April 2012 by Daniel Aubain

Neftali Feliz pitched seven shutout innings in his first major league start as the Texas Rangers held on to a 1-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners. Feliz allowed four hits, two walks and struck out four. His previous 154 appearances were all in relief, compiling 72 saves in 81 opportunities since 2010.

Line: 7 IP | 4 H | 0 ER | 2 BB | 4 K; W (1-0) | QS

My fantasy perspective: Feliz’s status as a starting pitcher going into the 2012 season caused his fantasy baseball value to be sort of a wildcard. Could the once dominant closer transition to a starter and still be successful? Tonight’s start is a very positive step in the right direction, for sure. But let’s wait until he faces a more potent offense than Seattle. He’ll have another very favorable matchup against the Minnesota Twins on April 15th, so look for him to build upon this strong first start.

I avoided Feliz in all four of my drafts but he could have been had at a very reasonable draft position. Mock Draft Central recently had his ADP at 169.32 while ESPN leagues had it at 154.9. Did you take a chance on him in your leagues? If so, how are you feeling about this transition with his first successful outing under his belt?

Agree? Disagree? Check out ESPN’s formula for determining the best daily performances and nominate your own Line of the Day player using the comments section below and/or hitting me up on Twitter @DJAubain.

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Line of the Day: Chad Billingsley

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Line of the Day: Chad Billingsley

Posted on 07 April 2012 by Daniel Aubain

Chad Billingsley of the Los Angeles Dodgers dominated the San Diego Padres for 8-plus innings allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out 11 batters in leading his team to a 6-0 victory to earn Full Spectrum Baseball’s “Line of the Day” award.

Line: 8.1 IP | 3 H | 0 ER | 1 BB | 11 K; W (1-0) | QS

My fantasy perspective: Billingsley struggled this Spring (5.91 ERA) but came out of the gates firing on all cylinders with 11 strikeouts and just one walk. He has a nice career 8.0 K/9 ratio but a horrific 3.9 BB/9 ratio, too. Fantasy owners should be dancing in the streets over this performance, especially those who got a #2 starter with an ESPN ADP of 227.8. At the time of this posting, he was owned in 81.4% of all ESPN leagues (and rising). Check your league’s waivers, especially in smaller leagues, to see if he’s somehow available. He may be worth a pickup if you have a vacancy due to injury or less faith in one of your other back-end starters. Good luck.

Agree? Disagree? Check out ESPN’s formula for determining the best daily performances and nominate your own Line of the Day player using the comments section below and/or hitting me up on Twitter @DJAubain.

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Line of the Day: Justin Verlander

Posted on 06 April 2012 by Daniel Aubain

Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers held the Boston Red Sox to two hits and no runs over eight innings, striking out seven and walking just one. The bullpen blew the save and Verlander’s win but the Tigers held on to a 3-2 victory.

Line: 8 IP | 2 H | 0 ER | 1 BB | 7 K; ND | QS

My fantasy perspective: Verlander seems to have picked up right where he left off from his 2011 Cy Young and MVP season. Over the last two weeks, he’s being drafted with an ADP of 9.68 on Mock Draft Central and and his ranking reflect that: ESPN #17; Yahoo! #20; CBS #10. Fantasy owners who invested early in him are sure to see a fantastic return on investment.

Agree? Disagree? Check out ESPN’s formula for determining the best daily performances and nominate your own Line of the Day player using the comments section below and/or hitting me up on Twitter @DJAubain.

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Line of the Day: Kyle Lohse

Posted on 05 April 2012 by Daniel Aubain

Each day during the regular season you’ll find a regular feature here on Full Spectrum Baseball called “Line of the Day“. It will feature the best on-field performance of the day with a mix of real world impact and fantasy baseball analysis. Enjoy!

SP Kyle Lohse of the St. Louis Cardinals took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and spoiled the Miami Marlins’ home opener in their new ballpark. Thrust into the Opening Day starter role when Chris Carpenter was sidelined with an injury, Lohse helped the defending World Champions start off the 2012 season right with a 4-1 victory over the revamped Marlins.

Line: 7.1 IP | 2 H | 1 ER | 0 BB | 3 K; W (1-0) | QS

My fantasy perspective: Lohse is only owned in 7.2% of ESPN leagues but you can expect that number to rise after tonight’s performance. I’d advise you to use restraint if you are deciding to drop a player to pick up Lohse. It’s one start and there’s no reason to go blowing up your roster unless you are already handcuffed by injuries or you truly have a player on your roster worth dropping.

Agree? Disagree? Check out ESPN’s formula for determining the best daily performances and nominate your own Line of the Day player using the comments section below and/or hitting me up on Twitter @DJAubain.

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Ask Our Staff – March 16th, 2012

Posted on 16 March 2012 by Daniel Aubain

Ever feel like you have something to say but you’re not sure if anyone is listening? Well here’s your chance to interact with our entire staff of writers. Use the comments section below to ask us anything baseball-related. Don’t worry. We gotcha covered.

Check back often to see which member of the Full Spectrum Baseball staff tackles an answer for you and be sure to follow and connect with us on Twitter @FullSpectrumBB.

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