Keeping My Syndergaard Up
We’ve been waiting for the ceiling of Noah Syndergaard to arrive all year and after a fantastic game against the Marlins, last night’s 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 6 Hits, 1 BBs, 8 Ks sure looks like he’s returned…right? Well, let’s go to the tape. Can you make sense of Thor’s strikeout plot of this game? What I’ve got is changeups too far low, sinkers down-and-in to right-handers, sliders and curveballs all over the place, and fastballs trying to go up but mostly failing. So is this good? No, it’s not. And that slider? Sub 90mph again. UGH. Whoa whoa whoa, Nick. This is a dope start! WHY AREN’T YOU TELLING ME TO FEEL DOPE?! Because I didn’t see a fixed Thor. I saw a thrower who kinda executed and took care of a terribly weak offense in a spacious park. 26% CSW here across 108 pitches. It’s just not the man the line suggests.
Let’s see how every other SP did Thursday:
Chad Green – 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 Hits, 1 BBs, 2 Ks. It was a bullpen game as Nestor Cortes followed for 3.1 IP of 1 ER and 2 Ks. Cool beans man. Cool beans.
Chris Sale – 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 Hits, 2 BBs, 12 Ks. Aces gonna ace. There’s nothing at all to worry about with Sale. Nothin’ at all…
Madison Bumgarner – 9.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 Hits, 1 BBs, 6 Ks. I feel bad for the IBB – shouldn’t WHIP not include IBBs and add HBPs? – but who really cares as Bumgarner dominated the Mets with 32% CSW, 16 whiffs, and the curveball he’s had of late. He’s pitching as good as we’ve seen for a while and here’s to hoping it sticks through September.
Zach Davies – 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 Hits, 3 BBs, 0 Ks. Seriously? 21 outs without a single strikeout? DOES ANYONE THINK THIS IS SUSTAINABLE?! It’s really crazy to see and at the end of the day, it’s a true Grave Mistake as this is as HAISTFMFWT?! as it gets. Wild.
Merrill Kelly – 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 Hits, 0 BBs, 6 Ks. So that’s a 2.67 ERA with a 0.92 WHIP over his last nine starts. Huh. This came against the strong Brewers lineup as well, though I have to bring up the .235 BABIP that pushes his SIERA to 4.24 during this stretch. Strikeouts are fine – 21% mark will do, backed by an 11% swinging-strike rate – and his reduction in heaters by ten points in favor of cutters and curveballs are certainly doing the trick. Seriously, his curveball and cutter combine for 10.5 pVal over this nine-game stretch. There may be something to that, so let’s keep holding Kelly and hope that he can ride this with secondary stuff through the second half.
Dinelson Lamet – 4.0 IP, 1 ER, 6 Hits, 2 BBs, 5 Ks. Get used to a lot of volatile ratios with Lamet. The strikeouts will always be there, but it’s a mini-Archer situation. If you’re cool with that, by all means, go for it. I think he should be owned in 12-teamers, but don’t hesitate to make the swap if he’s the last man out and there’s something solid out there.
Wade Miley – 5.1 IP, 1 ER, 3 Hits, 2 BBs, 3 Ks. It’s boring, but you got your Win without hurting your ratios. Be happy.
Domingo German – 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 Hits, 2 BBs, 5 Ks. German is locked in right now, especially after he essentially did this line across six shutout frames of a .75 WHIP as he allowed back-to-back jacks to kick off the game. He’s looking the ace of the spring and don’t overthink things. Start him blindly.
Brad Keller – 6.1 IP, 2 ER, 9 Hits, 2 BBs, 7 Ks. Keller did a great job of keeping heaters up and sliders down, allowing him to go 30% CSW and produce against the ChiSox, albeit with a rough WHIP. I think he provides too much risk for this ceiling, but not a terrible rare stream when the matchup works.
Tanner Roark – 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 Hits, 2 BBs, 6 Ks. This works. Streaming Record: 60-41. The WHIP is a little shaky, but that’s a fine ERA with six strikeouts as Roark did just fine against the Cards. Now it’s the Brewers, so let him fly again on the wire. FLLLLYYYYY.
Caleb Smith – 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 Hits, 2 BBs, 7 Ks. It’s good, but not great as we wanted Smith to go six frames and not allow that 2 ER via a longball. His velocity was a little down in this one, but nothing to be terrified about and the whiffs were certainly there. Everything is just fine.
Ross Stripling – 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 Hits, 0 BBs, 5 Ks. Much better breakers here from Stripling as I think his 36 sliders are a bit mislabeled (minimum 78mph? Get out of here). Still don’t like the heavy reliance on changeups – 19 thrown – but to see him go 90 pitches is solid and this game helped your team. Now just be a little more efficient so we can see you for six full frames.
Trevor Bauer – 6.2 IP, 3 ER, 5 Hits, 2 BBs, 10 Ks. Aces gonna mostly ace as you want one fewer ER here. Still, you drafted him as your SP #1 and for the most part, things are good. It’s not Cole good, but he cost a round or two less than Cole. This is good.
Kyle Gibson – 7.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 Hits, 0 BBs, 7 Ks. Okay cool. Seven innings and things are back to normal with Gibby. Too bad he gets the Yanks next, I’d avoid that if I could afford it.
Dakota Hudson – 5.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 Hits, 2 BBs, 3 Ks. Sadly there are times with Hudson that are going to turn in Grave Mistakes, but for the most part, he is a streamable Toby. Feel free to look north and south for a Dakota replacement.
Stephen Strasburg – 5.1 IP, 3 ER, 8 Hits, 2 BBs, 7 Ks. Just when you think you’ve got prime Stras again, he sends this your way. Sure, still seven Ks and that’s great with 32% CSW, I am a little scared that he used his filthy changeup just once here. Whatever, he’ll be fine, I guess he just didn’t have the slow ball while warming up in this game.
Yonny Chirinos – 5.0 IP, 4 ER, 9 Hits, 2 BBs, 8 Ks. The Yanks are no joke and while you still got eight strikeouts, it was a grind of an afternoon. Brush it off.
Aaron Nola – 5.0 IP, 4 ER, 5 Hits, 3 BBs, 5 Ks.
There was a rain delay mixed in here and maybe the rain prior to the delay was throwing Nola off + the passage of time didn’t help him find a rhythm. I’ll give him a pass. Okay I’m an idiot and had a brain fart this morning. There was rain, but no delay. It did seemingly mess up Nola a bit, though, but I’m sorry for making up a delay. Anyway, I’d still right this one off as a weird game.
Thomas Pannone – 4.1 IP, 4 ER, 5 Hits, 2 BBs, 3 Ks. This was going to be Clayton Richard but switched to Pannone and I don’t know why I just wasted your time with that as they would have produced the same exact line.
Matt Boyd – 6.0 IP, 5 ER, 6 Hits, 0 BBs, 8 Ks. Ugh, stop with the homers already. It’s really frustrating as you’re pitching well, then make two mistakes over 102 pitches and it hurts. A lot. This juiced ball is the worst thing ever, which I know isn’t actually the real reason for this, it just complicates things a little, you know? Hold on tight because Boyd will move at the deadline and it will only help him. I’d buy low if someone’s selling.
Ross Detwiler – 2.1 IP, 5 ER, 8 Hits, 1 BBs, 1 Ks. A rolling team carries no Ross.
Charlie Morton – 5.2 IP, 5 ER, 5 Hits, 4 BBs, 4 Ks. What a wild outing for Morton. A balk. Four walks (as many as he had in his last four starts), and a five ER clunker to boot. He’s still the Quiet Ace and here’s to hoping that there isn’t some hidden injury that caused this.
Matt Harvey – 6.0 IP, 6 ER, 7 Hits, 5 BBs, 1 Ks. It truly is a dark night for Harvey. There is no dawn ahead.
Kyle Wright – 2.2 IP, 7 ER, 7 Hits, 3 BBs, 3 Ks. It’s the right-but-oh-so-wrong Wright. Maybe one day he’ll be the no-really-I-mean-it-this-time-right Wright.
For those unaware, I’m forced to make my Streamer picks under the condition of sub 20% owned in Fantasy Pros’ consolidated ownership rates.
Tyler Beede vs. New York Mets – I loved his new slider and improved curveball last time. As long as his fastball doesn’t burn him, this should work out well. Tyler Mahle against the Cardinals is another strong play, maybe a little safer. Adam Wainwright is another easy choice, one that’s actually a bit safer than the others…and I didn’t realize he was available in under 20% of leagues. Go with all three if you can.
Jakob Junis vs. Cleveland Indians – He’s fresh off ten strikeouts against the ChiSox with his best slider of the year, I’ll take the chance it sticks one more time.
Day After Tomorrow’s Streamer
Zach Plesac vs. Kansas City Royals – I’d consider his opponent Glenn Sparkman as well, but I have more faith in Plesac’s floor.
Game of the Day
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