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It’s shocking to me how much buzz has surrounded the Rockies pitching staff, from Freeland to Senzatela and Chatwood, and the latest name in Colorado to perk up ears is...

It’s shocking to me how much buzz has surrounded the Rockies pitching staff, from Freeland to Senzatela and Chatwood, and the latest name in Colorado to perk up ears is German Marquez, who took care of the Cubs inside of Coors ala 8.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 Hits, 1 BBs, 8 Ks. Holy Wade Boggs’ Mustache that is a gorgeous line. Now, Rizzo, Russell, Zobrist, and Contreras were out of the lineup, but still, pretty stuff here. But that’s all this really is, unfortunately. I don’t see Marquez is being ownable in a 12-teamer as he just doesn’t have the repertoire that screams high upside, nor is he consistently solid with his command. Keep in mind, Marquez allowed 13 ER across his previous three starts, and that included another shutout performance. That kind of volatility isn’t for me, especially when Coors will do him few favors in the long run. I’m not getting pulled into the sirens’ call and not rolling with Marquez on Shabbos, or any day for that matter.

Let’s see how every other SP did yesterday:

Chris Archer – 8.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 Hits, 0 BBs, 11 Ks. Aces gonna ace. Didn’t think we’d see Archer in the Top 10, but I don’t have much a choice now.

Kenta Maeda – 8.1 IP, 2 ER, 5 Hits, 0 BBs, 5 Ks. Well hot damn, look at Maeda go. I feel bad for the fella as he was pitching a shutout through eight frames before Cervelli launched a two-run shot in the ninth. So it goes. It was Maeda’s longest start by far and I don’t see it as a testament to his IPS moving forward. Nevertheless, I think a move bad near the low 40s is due.

Zack Godley – 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 Hits, 1 BBs, 6 Ks. The False God. Now hold on a minute. Godley was tossing around 90-91mph last year and suddenly he’s hovering 92-93 with his Sinker. Pair that with a 33% whiff rate on 24 Curveballs and we maaaaay have something here. I’m not saying this is legit, but I am saying that Godley deserves more than my standard three word blurb. I’m not buying just yet unless I’m desperate, but keep an eye on him. He gets the Mets next (Padres after!) and I wouldn’t be so shocked if he keeps it up there.

Andrew Triggs – 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 Hits, 3 BBs, 4 Ks. Ehhhh, I’ll take it. Well of course I will with a WHIP of 1.00 and a great ERA, I just see a 4/3 K/BB and I cringe a little, alright? Keep rolling with Triggs, even against Seattle.

Kyle Hendricks – 6.1 IP, 2 ER, 4 Hits, 2 BBs, 7 Ks. So that’s 4 ER in his last four starts now and this one was in Coors, with his previous two opponents being the Sawx and Yankees. Still don’t buy it – previous three starts rendered a 4.39 SIERA and he needs to be impeccable to get by with the heat he’s bringing to the table – it’s an even tougher situation than last year. I’m not dropping him – duh – I’d sell high though.

Jesse Chavez – 5.2 IP, 2 ER, 3 Hits, 2 BBs, 5 Ks. Sure, whatever Chavez.

Joe Musgrove – 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 Hits, 3 BBs, 4 Ks. Musgrove was my original Call Boy, but I got cold feet when I noticed his Slider has a sub 8.0% whiff rate this year. That’s terrible. He managed to get by today, but I don’t consider it a good bet to make right now, especially when “getting by” consists of three walks from someone touted for their low walk rates in the minors.

Yu Darvish – 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 7 Hits, 0 BBs, 6 Ks. Sure, it’s not terrible but come on Darvish, a 4.50 ERA and just 6 Ks against The Padres?!

Wade Miley – 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 Hits, 4 BBs, 5 Ks. If you’re investing in Miley – especially against the Nationals – all you were hoping for was solid K production. This is a 9.00 K/9 so you really can’t be all too upset here.

Matt Cain – 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 Hits, 2 BBs, 3 Ks. Are you buying Cain? Good, me neither.

Tommy Milone – 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 Hits, 2 BBs, 5 Ks. This game was going on during the Podcast recording, but I felt it would be such a Mets story for Milone to do well as a Met. Why? Because they have all these studs that either get hurt or don’t live up to the hype, then little ole Milone walks in and somehow does that job they couldn’t do. Milone freakin’ Schmilone.

Luis Perdomo – 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 7 Hits, 4 BBs, 7 Ks. Yes that WHIP is bad, but it’s seven Ks and a Quality start…I’m calling this one a tie? He was looking solid through four, then walked a trio of batters (including a IBB) in the fifth and 3 ER scored, including one on a balk. Yeeeep. Streamer Record 16.5-13-5. 

Zach Eflin – 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 9 Hits, 1 BBs, 5 Ks. I so badly want his name to be Elfin. It would make things a lot easier for me and now I feel bad because I’m sure he’s had to deal with people thinking that was his last name all his life. And people don’t know if it’s Zach-with-an-H or Zack-with-a-K. Oh and of course the fact that he won’t be much more than a #4/5 on the Phillies. Womp womp.

Yovani Gallardo – 5.0 IP, 3 ER, 4 Hits, 3 BBs, 1 Ks. Gallardo is the only remaining Mariner starter from the projection rotation over the winter.

Tom Koehler – 5.1 IP, 4 ER, 5 Hits, 2 BBs, 5 Ks. I’ll take reasons for not streaming Koehler for $600, Alex.

Matthew Boyd – 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 8 Hits, 3 BBs, 6 Ks. Blegh, I’m still Boyd Watching.

Jaime Garcia – 6.0 IP, 4 ER, 6 Hits, 5 BBs, 4 Ks. When you have four strikeouts and still walk more batters than you punchout, you’re going to have a bad time.

Stephen Strasburg – 6.0 IP, 5 ER, 8 Hits, 2 BBs, 9 Ks. Tonight’s games are a lot of shrugs in my book. No, I’m doing anything differently because Strasburg did poorly against the Orioles, nor am I buying into Jesse Chavez’s evening. The Great Shrug of 2017.

Chase Anderson – 4.2 IP, 2 ER, 9 Hits, 1 BBs, 4 Ks. The Red Sox are no fun, but neither is Chase these days anyway.

Chad Kuhl – 5.0 IP, 4 ER, 6 Hits, 2 BBs, 4 Ks. Kuhl story, bro.

Lance Lynn – 4.0 IP, 4 ER, 5 Hits, 4 BBs, 5 Ks. Of course the outing after I make a bad pun telling you to roll with Lynn often he produces this incredibly bleghy outing against the Marlins. Four walks are just not cool bucko. Maybe this seems better if I tell you all four runs scored in the first? Meh, I think I still roll with Lynn against the Red Sox.

Danny Salazar – 2.2 IP, 5 ER, 5 Hits, 2 BBs, 4 Ks. I know his xFIP had him under 3.25 before today’s game, but let’s be real. With that poor walk rate and how deep every at-bat is with Salazar, there’s just no way his IPS will be good enough to give you what you want without a bad WHIP and risking that precious ERA.

Jason Hammel – 7.0 IP, 6 ER, 13 Hits, 1 BBs, 6 Ks. Nothing like having a 2.00 WHIP through seven innings. This kills the week.

Kyle Kendrick – 4.1 IP, 6 ER, 10 Hits, 1 BBs, 2 Ks. Kendrick doing Kendrick things, which is often off Lemark Anna there is nothing you can do about it.

Francisco Liriano – 2.0 IP, 7 ER, 5 Hits, 3 BBs, 0 Ks. Yeah…let’s not trust Liriano again for a long time…

Today’s Streamer

Miguel Gonzalez vs Minnesota Twins – I hate this. I really do. It’s this or JC Ramirez against the Tigers and I just have a bad feeling about that one. Or Martin Perez against the Friars but it’s Martin freakin’ Perez. Half point here as well.

Tomorrow’s Streamer

Jesse Hahn vs. Texas Rangers – The Rangers are a poor offense and Hahn even with his command problems could return a very favorable outing.

Day After Tomorrow’s Streamer

Mike Clevinger vs. Minnesota Twins – Very few options here and I’d prefer not to chase Zack Davies against the Mets. Half point here.

Game of the Day

JC Ramirez vs. Michael Fulmer – Y’all know I love Fulmer and I’m still intrigued by Ramirez. Hopefully he can get his Fastball command working and put it all together.

Nick Pollack

Founder of Pitcher List. Creator of CSW, The List, and SP Roundup. Worked with MSG, FanGraphs, CBS Sports, and Washington Post. Former pitching coach and Brandeis alum. Wants every pitcher to be dope.

  • Avatar Manley Ramirez says:

    FYI The List article always seems to revert to the March 13 version

  • Avatar Lanky says:

    If you remove the first 3 batters of the game. Triggs went 6.0 – 3 Hits – 0 ER – 4 Ks – 0 BB. Obviously it’s silly to remove the bad stuff but it shows that he was totally fine once he found the plate. Also nice to see someone make quick adjustments on the fly when the shit totally hits the fan like that, i.e. 13 of his first 15 pitches were balls.

    • Avatar Henry says:

      Came here to point this out. He’s showing great pitchability to go along with some pretty good stuff, so color me intrigued. I really like this guy.

    • Nick Pollack Nick Pollack says:

      Great point, should have brought that up.

      I’m enjoying the ride with Triggs and I’m curious to see how far the train goes.

  • Avatar Alexander Haller says:

    This is easily your best article title ever.

  • Avatar Nick D says:

    I think I’ve seen you express a ‘meh’ attitude towards Joe Biagini. Was thinking about streaming his next start although Seattle has been mashing so I’m leaning no. Still, they’re stretching him out and he’s pitched well over past season and a half so I’m intrigued. He’s also just a cool guy, check out some of his interviews! Looking into his repertoire I see a 94mph fastball with good movement, 91mph slider and 80mph curve with decent outcomes (13%swinging strike on curve this year), about 20% soft and hard contact which I think are fine(?), although I don’t really know as well as you. I also haven’t really seen him pitch. Thoughts?

    • Nick Pollack Nick Pollack says:

      The reason for my hesitancy is based more that it’s tough to expect him to go deep at all given he hasn’t been stretched out. I’d imagine by the time he is really for it, Happ and Sanchez will be back and there’s no more room for him.

      I’ll be watching though and he’s worth a flier in deep leagues – maybe someone else gets injured, they like him more than Lawrence, etc.

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