Living On A Prayer
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There are times when I’m simply confounded. I feel conflicted, where I know what the line tells me and I watched a game where a pitcher was on top of the world while also as poor as any pauper on the street. Zack Godley did this today, looking stellar in his opening frame – 7 pitches and 2 Ks! – before falling apart in the second and third, walking everyone and their dog sitter, ending with a line of 4.0 IP, 5 ER, 5 Hits, 6 BBs, 4 Ks. Sure, he did get a bit squeezed, but this was plenty more than that and the feeling that it can happen again isn’t going away. On the other hand, that first inning was so brilliant, with his previous 14 frames following suit as he allowed just one walk total in his first two starts. While we can probably cough this up to a pair of horrid innings compared to the grand picture, it would be foolish to assume it doesn’t come back again in some form. Godley won’t be moving on The list tomorrow because of this, but here’s to hoping he makes next Monday’s decision plenty easier.
Let’s see how every other SP did Sunday:
Carlos Martinez – 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 Hits, 4 BBs, 11 Ks. Aces gonna ace. Once again, this is why we don’t overreact after CarMart’s first terrible start.
Noah Syndergaard – 5.1 IP, 0 ER, 2 Hits, 1 BBs, 11 Ks. Aces gonna ace. There is something to be said about not surviving six frames here to get a larger expression of that 0 ER and great WHIP, but yeah, 11 Ks. So we cool. Also, Thor earned himself a Gallows Pole with…25 whiffs. Correct me if I’m wrong, but that’s the highest total we’ve seen thus far.
Tyler Anderson – 4.2 IP, 1 ER, 2 Hits, 6 BBs, 6 Ks. Nothing speaks dependability like 6 walks with just 1 ER in under five frames. I hope his middle name is Nathan because enjoying T n A is making me feel dirty. Do you actually like him? No no no, just the 1 ER and 6 ks in 4.2 IP. I really don’t like running with him moving forward outside of the rare stream. Yeah, but do you like like him? Please stop.
Dylan Bundy – 5.2 IP, 1 ER, 7 Hits, 2 BBs, 6 Ks. Get. On. The. Hype. Train. I think four starts is enough for us to get pumped as Bundy kept up his slider usage once again – 27 out 94 pitches – as it held a near 30% whiff rate. Yes, his fastball velocity was at 91, not 92, but it was under 40 degrees and I’m loving the kid too much right now. He’ll be getting a sizeable jump tomorrow and it’s going to be fun.
Jhoulys Chacin – 4.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 Hits, 3 BBs, 4 Ks. Chacin will do well when Jhoulyst expect it. Also, it took him 85 pitches to get through 12 outs. Atta boy, Chacin.
Bartolo Colon – 7.2 IP, 1 ER, 1 Hits, 1 BBs, 7 Ks. If you missed the excitement of watching The Groan Ranger enter the 8th inning with a perfect game, you missed out. Lesson is, never stop watching baseball. I know it would be kinda fun to own Colon now with that low ERA n all, but don’t do that. As much as I want to endorse this, I can’t. Not with a .217 BABIP, 86.2% LOB rate now, and a 53% hard hit rate entering today’s game.
Clayton Kershaw – 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 Hits, 0 BBs, 12 Ks. Aces gonna ace. He is TATIAGA after, all. Can’t you do it with zero ERs though? I hate how right you are.
Joey Lucchesi – 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 Hits, 0 BBs, 9 Ks. He sure wasn’t a Fugeysi today, going 9 Ks with 14 whiffs against the Giants. I have to say, it often annoys me when a pitcher that by all that I can tell shouldn’t be performing this well, but then holds a 10.38 K/9, 1.66 ERA, 1.191 FIP and walks just four batters in 21.2 IP. I have nothing else to say than ignore me and obviously continue riding him. Sure, start him against Arizona, it’s not like Coors could stop him last week. Him and his stupid “Churve” that makes no sense and I hate everything. Well, everything except this Win – Streaming Record: 10-5. Thanks for that, I guess.
Sean Manaea – 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 Hits, 2 BBs, 4 Ks. Another start, another ER allowed exclusively by the longball. Sure, it didn’t come with the Ks we know and love, but 2 walks and four baserunners in 7 IP is so beautiful. If you haven’t bought into Manaea yet, I’m not sure what you’re waiting for.
Chris Sale – 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 Hits, 2 BBs, 8 Ks. Aces gonna ace. I’m impressed that Sale could do this not only in the stupid cold weather but without any sleeves. Isn’t that where he hides his aces? Not when he is the ace.
Justin Verlander – 8.0 IP, 1 ER, 1 Hits, 1 BBs, 11 Ks. Aces gonna ace. Verlander is flat out dealing and getting outshined by Cole even with a 1.35 ERA, 11.48 K/9, and 1.69 BB/9 through four starts. That’s unbelievably good. I’m glad we can erase any fears I had of him needing some time before heating up again.
Felix Hernandez – 6.1 IP, 2 ER, 5 Hits, 0 BBs, 7 Ks. This is a beautiful outing from Felix, earning five whiffs on 23 changeups and cruising through the A’s lineup. I’m still a bit cautious as his sinker averaged 88.3mph and four-seamer say 89.1mph, but I have to think if someone can figure out how to still be relevant with lower velocity, it would be Felix…right? Maybe not. He’ll continue to rise tomorrow, but not enough that makes me say “yes you have to be owning Felix everywhere.”
Ryan Yarbrough – 4.2 IP, 2 ER, 3 Hits, 2 BBs, 2 Ks. The dude throws a sub 90mph fastball and had 5 whiffs in 4.2 innings. This is a Cup of Schmo if I ever saw one.
Homer Bailey – 7.0 IP, 3 ER, 4 Hits, 2 BBs, 4 Ks. Homer Bale gave you a lovely outing, especially when you had nothing else to choose as a stream to end your week. That’s all he really is, though, as I don’t see this being a majority kind of thing.
Ben Lively – 4.0 IP, 3 ER, 7 Hits, 0 BBs, 5 Ks. Raggedy Anne is doing nothing to make me reconsider his nickname. That’s a bad thing.
Ivan Nova – 6.2 IP, 3 ER, 6 Hits, 0 BBs, 9 Ks. Nine strikeouts from Nova is like going to a Chinese restaurant and getting a cheeseburger. This isn’t what you came here for, but I guess it’ll work. This whole line is stupid good for Nova and it’s going to spoil you if you think this is going to stick around in any way.
Stephen Strasburg – 6.0 IP, 4 ER, 4 Hits, 1 BBs, 5 Ks. You know what’s kinda weird? We’re all a little disappointed with Strasburg thus far, even though he’s sporting a 3.08 ERA and about a strikeout per inning. We want more! No, you definitely don’t want Matt. You want Strasburg to not hold a 19.0% HR/FB rate, and hold a whiff rate above 8.5% on his curveball. That’s what you really want.
Jose Urena – 5.0 IP, 4 ER, 8 Hits, 1 BBs, 5 Ks. If you started Jose, Urena boatload of trouble.
Tyler Beede – 3.2 IP, 5 ER, 6 Hits, 3 BBs, 6 Ks. Just like his name suggests, Tyler is like one of those Beede necklaces you made at camp. You thought it was cool for a moment, but you never saw it again as you shoved it in your bedroom drawer. Leave it in the drawer.
Day After Tomorrow’s Streamer
Game of the Day
James Paxton vs. Dallas Keuchel – Yes, it’s Nola day and another chance for Luis Castillo to redeem himself, but I want to watch these southpaws do their best to outduel each other. Especially Keuchel given his early struggles.