Fantasy Baseball: Are You Flipping For Felipe Paulino?

May 24, 2012


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Sure he’s only made four starts this year, but Kansas City’s Felipe Paulino is certainly turning heads. In three of his four starts this year he did not allow a run. His fourth start he gave up four runs in 5-2/3 innings, but he still maintains a 2-1 record with a 1.42 ERA and 1.14 WHIP.
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Not only is he keeping the opposition from scoring and hitting with his .232 BAA, but he’s mowing them down via the strikeout. In 25-1/3 innings he has registered 29 strikeouts for a 10.3 K/9 ratio.
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Obviously with the success he’s had so far he looks good no matter what. He hasn’t allowed a run at home and has a solid 2.92 ERA on the road. He’s not getting dominated by right-handed hitters (.282, .744 OPS) and he’s absolutely destroying lefties (.196, .571).
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Paulino struggled with the Astros and the Rockies, but has found a home with the Royals. His ERA was north of 5.00 and WHIP north of 1.50 with Houston. He had a 7.36 ERA and 2.05 as a reliever with Colorado prior to coming over to Kansas City.
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That’s when he got on track. The Royals moved him back to a starter and he responded with a 4.11 ERA and 1.37 ERA in 124-2/3 innings. The success has clearly carried over this year.
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He is currently owned in about ten percent of fantasy leagues. He has some extra value because he qualifies at RP and SP. I don’t think he can continue on his current pace, but even if he slips to his 2011 numbers with Kansas City there is some fantasy value there.
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