Waining Or Waxing?
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Okay, you might want to pick up Adam Wainwright after going 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 Hits, 3 BBs, 9 Ks last night against the Dodgers. I normally do this massive dive into pitchers for this opening blurb, but today I wanted to do something different. Something abrupt because I know I’ll be taking questions on Waino’s next start against the Giants and the only reason I’m okay with it is because it’s the horrible horrible Giants. Yes, two horribles. It’s a terrible offense and even though I expected to be telling you all about why this start was a fluke – it still was – and how we can’t expect it to return, it’ll still be a decent gamble for those that need streamers this week to chase him against the Giants. The Cubs after? Not a chance. But you could do worse than Wainwright as long as you can stomach the possible atrocity that is his floor. See? Quick and easy, right to the point.
Let’s see how every other SP did Sunday:
Diego Castillo – 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 Hits, 0 BBs, 2 Ks. FALSE START. It’s so fun.
Chris Sale – 3.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 Hits, 0 BBs, 1 Ks. They said three frames, he gave you three frames. Next is four and you’re banging your head on the wall as Sale isn’t doing enough when you need him. It sucks, not to mention that I would have loved to have him pegged for the Cy Young, and there’s a question if his 150 vs. Snell’s current 164 is a large enough gap (it’ll be larger by season’s end). I don’t have an answer right now.
Trevor Williams – 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 Hits, 2 BBs, 7 Ks. Ugggggh. Are you guys also a little frustrated with this? The argument for Williams is that he is essentially the next Kyle Hendricks and I just don’t buy that for a moment, especially when he has a 7.6% whiff rate. Go ahead, Vargas Rule it all you want, I understand it completely given his recent success. I just see someone that is pulling an Andrew Cashner from 2017 where it could crumble at any instant. It’s the Brewers and Cubs next, after all.
Luis Castillo – 6.2 IP, 1 ER, 4 Hits, 4 BBs, 2 Ks. So he did well for team, just not in the way I expected. Seriously, it’s wild to see just five whiffs and 16/98 CSW from Castillo. That’s really bad. Fastball was at 97mph, but 3/26 changeup whiffs with just 3/15 SNIP from his slider says it all. Blegh. I’m a little more cautious about the future outings now, though not enough for me to pull back on it.
Lance Lynn – 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 Hits, 1 BBs, 7 Ks. Lovely, lovely upside from Lynn and that’s two solid games after a four-game rough patch that included three starts above 5 ER. If you picked him up for yesterday, you can hold onto him for the O’s as well later this week and maybe the Rays after as well.
Dereck Rodriguez – 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 Hits, 3 BBs, 5 Ks. And Dereck keeps cruising along as this was a clear start against Rocky Road. I still think he’ll get overdrafted next year with that 2.30 ERA and 3.36 FIP (*cough* 4.41 SIERA *cough*), but I won’t ignore that I can see his skills improving to help balance the expected regression next season. I see a solid Toby and that’s about it. Too bad he misses both matchups against the Padres from the Cardinals + Dodgers, though.
Antonio Senzatela – 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 Hits, 2 BBs, 5 Ks. Senz-A got the Giants outside of Coors and was serviceable. That’s cool, most guys should be in those circumstances. Awww Nick, that’s harsh. I mean, Senz-a is as average as they come, so congrats? I don’t know. Just don’t start him.
Jose Urena – 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 Hits, 1 BBs, 4 Ks. He pulled it off again, this time against the Phillies. A right-hand cramp forced him to leave early, but that’s alright Urena, you already did good work. He gets the Reds next and I’m pretty iffy on that one. I’d prefer not if there were other decent choices. Streaming Record: 96-45.
Jhoulys Chacin – 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 Hits, 3 BBs, 4 Ks. It’s starts like these that have kept Chacin on your team, as it sits at a 3.60 ERA for the day. I guess you let him fly for the rest of the way against Pittsburgh and Detroit, then forget this season ever happened.
Mike Minor – 6.1 IP, 2 ER, 4 Hits, 1 BBs, 7 Ks. Minor got the Padres and did what Minor has done for months. He might be the unsung hero of your staff when all is said and done. He gets the Mariners next and you have not choice but to let it ride.
Thomas Pannone – 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 Hits, 2 BBs, 6 Ks. You see this start against the Yankees and the previous 2 ER game against the Tribe and you can’t help but wonder…Is he The Pannone? Probably more like the None, heyyyyyyyo. I just don’t buy his 88mph schtick, even if it came with 33/103 CSW. We already saw the floor with 7 ER against the Orioles and is that changeup really that good? I don’t think it is. Sorry Tommy, you’re not a Young Gun.
Jose Quintana – 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 Hits, 3 BBs, 7 Ks. That’s six starts of 2 ER or fewer from Jose. Better late than never I guess…? What has he done differently? I see a much better executed four-seamer. Better fastballs, better results, Papa Johns.
Tanner Roark – 5.1 IP, 2 ER, 5 Hits, 2 BBs, 3 Ks. Roark has been all kinds of infuriating lately and this is…so boring. I think we’ll take boring right now.
Jaime Barria – 5.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 Hits, 1 BBs, 3 Ks. Speaking of boring, Barria got the M’s and produced a whole lot of blegh. That’s because Barria is a whole lot of blegh.
Jacob deGrom – 7.0 IP, 3 ER, 5 Hits, 1 BBs, 12 Ks. Aces gonna ace. 3 ER though? A 1.78 season ERA just isn’t good enough.
Mike Fiers – 4.0 IP, 3 ER, 4 Hits, 3 BBs, 2 Ks. Ahhhh it’s about time we started to see the Fiers we deserve. Yes, deserve. The luck always fades.
Marco Gonzales – 5.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 Hits, 2 BBs, 6 Ks. We were debating who would get a Quality Start in the Discord Server and Marco was an interesting option. He flashed a better cutter in the start prior and it was worse in this one. Not the most terrible line, though, but definitely not what we were looking for. I wouldn’t expect much better in the final two weeks.
David Hess – 4.1 IP, 3 ER, 6 Hits, 1 BBs, 7 Ks. For disappointment this year, the Hess Truck’s here! But seriously, seven Ks? Huh. Still not worth it, but…huh.
Francisco Liriano – 7.0 IP, 3 ER, 5 Hits, 2 BBs, 7 Ks. 7 Ks, a 1.00 WHIP, and a Quality Start is as lovely as it ever gets in Liriano Land. Main attractions are “A Walk To Forget” and “A Distant ERA.”
Jacob Nix – 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 7 Hits, 1 BBs, 3 Ks. Nix gave you a PQS with 3 Ks in a decent matchup against the Rangers in San Diego. Yay. I was a bit impressed with his MLB Debut and the results after have been terribly average if not below it…which doesn’t seem right to me. Either way, it’s the Dodgers and Dbacks next and that’s a clear bench.
Nick Pivetta – 5.0 IP, 3 ER, 4 Hits, 1 BBs, 8 Ks. Eight strikeouts are cool n stuff, but do you mind not allowing 3 ER as well? Especially against the Marlins? I’m really starting to wonder if this is Samardzija/Pineda 2.0 here and it’ll be an interesting draft season figuring out where Pivetta goes. The bad news here is that Pivetta gets the Braves and Rockies next, which I think is an overall drop for Pivetta. Too much ratio risk despite the Ks. It’ll be a “maybe” for the Braves, but a clear sit in Coors and I wonder if streaming would be a better option for you.
Ross Stripling – 3.1 IP, 3 ER, 4 Hits, 0 BBs, 5 Ks. We didn’t expect a lot of innings here and we got 10 outs. What a sad story given Stripling’s dominance in the middle of the year. Stupid #Dodgeritis.
Zack Greinke – 6.1 IP, 4 ER, 8 Hits, 2 BBs, 2 Ks. Greinke noooo. You were able to survive your first tough game in Coors with a Quality Start, but it wasn’t meant to be with a blegh out against the Astros that gave you nothing. Fortunately, it’s now Rocky Road and if you’re still alive, Greinke will help + he’ll possibly get a bigger discount in drafts next year…?
Lucas Giolito – 6.0 IP, 4 ER, 8 Hits, 2 BBs, 1 Ks. Today was the day of the discount starters that I like all failing me. Here’s Giolito against the stupid Orioles and who was the stupid one? LUCAS. Just 15/97 CSW is terrible, as his changeup was gone. GONE. He tried to pitch backwards with his slider to help, and it was okay, four whiffs overall is pitiful, and there isn’t much else to say here. He now gets the Cubs and that’s a clear sit, while he’s a possible stream (I imagine he’ll be dropped enough…?) for the game against the Twins after.
Jake Junis – 3.0 IP, 4 ER, 8 Hits, 1 BBs, 3 Ks. Continuing along, Junis has been red hot and suddenly earned 2 whiffs in 82 pitches against the Twins. What is it will super low whiff counts today? The Tigers are next and I wouldn’t be so scared that you can’t run him out there one more time. And I mean one more time as it’s the Indians next.
Shane Bieber – 6.0 IP, 5 ER, 9 Hits, 0 BBs, 4 Ks. Speaking of the Indians, BIEBER COME ON. I even led with you last time and here were the Tigers. A team that you should cruise though, but you let us all down. How dare you. His fastball was super hittable once again – 92mph Exit Velocity on 11 BIP! – and there wasn’t enough of a supporting cast to help. Be better, Biebs. Please. At least we know not to start you against the Sawx, but the Royals after should be fine…right?
Kyle Gibson – 6.2 IP, 5 ER, 11 Hits, 0 BBs, 6 Ks. And then there’s Gibson, who got a bit Singled Out against the Royals. The man has been all over the place, though there is something to be said about his expectations rising after years of fantasy irrelevance. Anyway, bench for the A’s next, start against the ChiSox. Good luck.
Sean Newcomb – 3.0 IP, 5 ER, 6 Hits, 2 BBs, 3 Ks. Newcomb’s secondary stuff is whack and it got attacked…again. If his value is essentially undrafted next year, I can imagine him turning into a new Spice Girl type, but it will really hinge on him finding that pitch to pair effectively with his fastball.
Andrew Suarez vs. San Diego Padres – I don’t love Suarez but I think I’d let him fly against the Padres.
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