The Gray Line
Congrats to Jon Gray for the most shocking line of the night with 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 7 Hits, 0 BBs, 10 Ks against the Diamondbacks…though it actually shouldn’t be surprising. That’s 12 whiffs for Gray, nine with breaking stuff and he absolutely trounced the snakes in Arizona. I have to admit, I didn’t realize Gray was doing this well over his last nine starts prior: 2.82 ERA, 8.28 K/9, and a 2.32 BB/9. Sure, he had a decently lax schedule, but he had Coors to deal with thrice and had a few tough opponents thrown in. I’ve been low on his lack of whiffs during this stretch – 8.5% overall with just two games above 9% – but I missed that he had 25.8% soft contact and just 28.4% hard in the same time frame while inducing just 24.7% flyballs and 53.9% grounders. The best part? Now he faces the Padres twice. My bad guys, I should have been giving him more love.
Let’s see how every other SP did yesterday:
Kyle Gibson – 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 Hits, 0 BBs, 6 Ks. He was one of my favorite two-start options for cheap this week and so far, so good. Just one more Gibson, please. Streamer Record 74-56-16.
Corey Kluber – 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 Hits, 0 BBs, 8 Ks. I hope you understand that Kluber has a 12.62 K/9, 1.37 BB/9, 1.89 ERA (2.11/2.12 FIP/xFIP) and 0.75 WHIP over his last 19 starts since returning from the DL on June 1st. Aces. Gonna. Freakin’. Ace.
Julio Teheran – 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 7 Hits, 2 BBs, 5 Ks. It was away! No wonder Teheran did well. I keed I keed, you know he had just allowed five walks in five frames last time out in Arlington. No, I don’t want anything to do with this.
Justin Verlander – 8.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 Hits, 1 BBs, 9 Ks. Aces gonna ace. Too bad your first three months were so bad that a 2.25 ERA across 12 starts still leaves you with a 3.74 ERA overall. Yikes. Let’s raise a glass to all those that didn’t follow the Tanaka Clause (is that what I’m calling it now?) and gave up on Verlander before he turned it around. Could you really blame them? Verlander held a 4.96 ERA through his first 17 games…
Dylan Bundy – 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 Hits, 1 BBs, 8 Ks. Excellent rebound for Bundy as he had four walks and 5 ER last time out. Sure, the Jays are a much easier team than the Yanks, but we don’t care. We just want that bottom line. That smooth…luscious…seductive…bottom…liiiiiine. He gets the Yanks + Rays twice to end it and I’d roll the dice on a better start this time ’round against the pinstripes.
Clayton Kershaw – 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 8 Hits, 1 BBs, 6 Ks. Aces gonna ace. Phew, thanks for coming back Kershaw….wait. Is that a 1.50 WHIP? Remember your mantras Nick. “Steps, not jumps.” Right right, okay I’m glad you took a step forward today, one more step left until flat out domination, alright bucko?
Garrett Richards – 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 Hits, 0 BBs, 4 Ks. I had my concerns about Richards in this start against the Astros since he was most likely going to be limited pitch count wise (cough 63 pitches total cough) and of course Houston can make that a bad outing fast. Glad he did well, though I wonder how much he’ll get stretched next time out as he hosts the Rangers.
Eduardo Rodriguez – 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 1 Hits, 4 BBs, 9 Ks. Nothing like needing 109 pitches to get through six frames. Kluber needed four more pitches for a CGSHO, but you do you Erod. I ain’t complaining. Enjoy your Gallows Pole with 19 whiffs.
Blake Snell – 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 Hits, 2 BBs, 5 Ks. After allowing 7 ER last time out, Snell more importantly allowed 2 walks or fewer for the ninth time in his last ten starts. This is huge for a guy with a 4.12 BB/9 over the year but a near 2.50 BB/9 in those ten starts. Can’t say I’m thrilled about the lack of Sliders and Curveballs overall (he went super Fastball heavy with 64 thrown in 88 pitches), but I will take this from Snell, who may turn into a fantasy relevant entity in 2018. But for this year, I think I stay away if I can against the Cubs, Orioles, and Indians to round out the year.
Joe Biagini – 8.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 Hits, 0 BBs, 2 Ks. Hey, it’s not the K happy game I deserve, but it’s the start I need. Now he gets the Twins and Yankees twice and…I’m not so sure. Label Biagini as one of the better desperate options.
Sam Gaviglio – 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 7 Hits, 0 BBs, 5 Ks. Sure, whatever Sam.
Sonny Gray – 8.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 Hits, 1 BBs, 9 Ks. Man, Gray killed it against the Rays and allowed two solo shots that did him and the Yanks in. Dude is absolutely killing it, just give him some run support for the love of Jete!
Dillon Peters – 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 Hits, 4 BBs, 4 Ks. It’s not pretty with that 1.80 WHIP, but the rest is good enough that I think we’re okay rolling with this streamer.
Jose Quintana – 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 Hits, 1 BBs, 7 Ks. Atta boy Quintana. I can’t be too thrilled since it’s the Mets and you should have dominated, but still. Atta boy.
Brent Suter – 3.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 Hits, 1 BBs, 3 Ks. This is boring, Brent. ENTERTAIN ME.
Taijuan Walker – 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 Hits, 5 BBs, 6 Ks. Ehhhh okay. If getting a 3.00 ERA and 6 Ks means a 1.50 WHIP, fine.
Marco Gonzales – 5.0 IP, 3 ER, 8 Hits, 1 BBs, 6 Ks. Hmmmm, this was the first game we got to see something majorly positive (people say that, right?) out of Gonzales. It ain’t easy going into Texas and having a party. It’s also not easy getting six strikeouts on just two whiffs. Yeah, no thanks.
Gio Gonzalez – 5.0 IP, 5 ER, 7 Hits, 1 BBs, 8 Ks. Both Gio and Lynn took a step closer to their xFIP, a relationship that has a massive wedge shoved in the middle because of a lady. A lady named Luck. Keep starting Gio.
Lance Lynn – 5.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 Hits, 0 BBs, 3 Ks. And I’m not totally sold that the Vargas Rule is done quite yet. Keep going with Lynn against the Cubs.
Dylan Covey – 5.2 IP, 4 ER, 2 Hits, 4 BBs, 1 Ks. Don’t Covey thy Dylan.
Johnny Cueto – 3.2 IP, 4 ER, 6 Hits, 3 BBs, 8 Ks. You may have taken a chance with Cueto after his last start was successful in Coors and, Hey! The Dodgers have been bad. Well they stopped being bad and Cueto stopped being good. Now he hosts the Rockies, which could work out well, but I consider this like a streaming option than a start I want in my week.
Robert Gsellman – 4.0 IP, 4 ER, 5 Hits, 5 BBs, 4 Ks. We knew this wasn’t going to last like Pivetta’s perfect game through the first four outs.
Nick Pivetta – 5.0 IP, 7 ER, 8 Hits, 1 BBs, 4 Ks. Yep, that’s Pivetta alright. It’s too bad, I thought he could be a decent streaming option at one point. BUT NOT ANYMORE.
Robert Stephenson – 3.0 IP, 4 ER, 5 Hits, 3 BBs, 5 Ks. Well blegh. The walks are still a problem and it kicked him out before he could get you enough strikeouts to warrant it. Yes this is always going to be a problem for Stephenson, no I’m not targeting him next year. But if he figures out the walks…He won’t figure out the walks.
Gerrit Cole – 6.0 IP, 5 ER, 7 Hits, 2 BBs, 10 Ks. Huh. This isn’t what the King of Really Good does, as it’s too extreme. Too much excitement, TOO MUCH STUFF. He actually pitched pretty well in this one with a tough third inning doing nearly all the damage. At least we got 10 Ks to salvage, right? Where does Cole end up in next year’s rankings? That…that’s a very good question. Probably late 20s? I’m aiming to have it out the day after the regular season ends as a hint for what’s to come in February. Think of it as a loose “general idea” as opposed to the super in-depth revamped version for the preseason. Anyway, yeah I’m thinking late 20s for now. There are some other names I’m more excited about that the constant headache of Cole.
Miguel Gonzalez – 2.1 IP, 7 ER, 7 Hits, 0 BBs, 1 Ks. Miguel…no.
Sean Manaea – 3.2 IP, 7 ER, 11 Hits, 0 BBs, 4 Ks. Noooo, well this was the start that I had caution about with Manaea and I think I’m cool starting him against the Phillies + Rangers in his next two starts.
Travis Wood – 2.1 IP, 9 ER, 9 Hits, 1 BBs, 2 Ks. It’s the wrong Wood! Seriously, this is ghastly. I can see the crowd’s shock as Wood was revealed.