Dropping Your Education

This day was all kinds of disappointing for young pitchers showing promise.  You’ll see what I’m talking about in a moment, but first let’s discuss premo letdown Eduardo Rodriguez who put...

This day was all kinds of disappointing for young pitchers showing promise.  You’ll see what I’m talking about in a moment, but first let’s discuss premo letdown Eduardo Rodriguez who put up yet another atrocious outing with 5.0 IP, 8 ER, 9 Hits, 1 BB, 2 Ks.  The Marlins managed to get 10 runs in the sixth inning, four of which were credited to .EDU.  Outside of a solo blast from Dee Gordon – how he did that is beyond me – Erod was once again Singled Out and I’m fed up with it.  I’ve been defending him more than the next guy because I know he will be great…someday.  As for now, clearly he’s going to have more bumps in the road before he graduates and can be called Dr. Eddie.  Sadly, it looks like that won’t happen until at least 2016, and we have to drop Eddie and keep him dropped through whatever rebounds he may have through the rest of the season.  He’ll be heading to the 50s on Monday and he’s lucky I’m not dropping him further.

Let’s see what every other SP did yesterday:

Hisashi Iwakuma – 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 Hits, 3 BBs, 7 Ks.  So I have a GIF Breakdown all written for tomorrow morning going over this start, which shows you guys how sick nasty his Sinker was through the historic performance.  Sorry you got shafted Joe Ross, pitch better next time.

Clayton Kershaw – 8.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 Hits, 0 BBs, 8 Ks.  Aces Gonna Ace.

Jacob DeGrom – 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 Hits, 4 BBs, 10 Ks.  Yeah, I’m totally abandoning the whole AGA thing.  We both know that wasn’t a good idea.

Jordan Zimmermann – 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 Hits, 1 BB, 9 Ks.  You know this is the first time he’s hit 9 Ks all season, right?

Danny Salazar – 7.1 IP, 1 ER, 4 Hits, 5 BBs, 8 Ks.  5 walks and 8 Ks?  Sounds like Salazar alright.  Turned out…okay with that 1.28 WHIP, but tack on an ER or two and you’re not very happy.  Such is life with Danny.

Mike Pelfrey – 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 Hits, 1 BB, 4 Ks.  Seriously, I want to know who you guys think deserves the MFRTSPA this year.  I’m leaning towards May despite not starting since June, but that just doesn’t sound right.

Scott Feldman – 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 Hits, 1 BB, 4 Ks.  Feldman Schmeldman.

Matt Garza – 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 Hits, 2 BBs, 4 Ks. I guess this is alright, but we both know that most of the time he makes owners feel like this.

John Danks – 7.1 IP, 1 ER, 5 Hits, 3 BBs, 2 Ks.  Sure, whatever Danks.

Chris Heston – 6.1 IP, 1 ER, 3 Hits, 4 BBs, 4 Ks.  I’m getting kinda sick and tired of these middle of the road starts from Heston.  I mean, this is above average, don’t get me wrong, but the WHIP is ehhh and the Ks are ehhhh and now I’m saying ehhhh like I’m from Toronto and I DON’T LIKE THAT.  Montréal is totally better.

Jorge De La Rosa – 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 Hits, 2 BBs, 7 Ks.  De La Rosa has limited upside, pitches his home games at Coors Field, and doesn’t deserve a spot on your team.  This should be the blurb for every Colorado starter.

Raisel Iglesias – 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 3 Hits, 1 BB, 8 Ks.  I feel like I need a name for these kinds of High Risk/High Reward type players who can provide sizeable upside one night and then fall off a cliff in the next.  Something that mixes super sweet and explosives.  Love to see if you guys can come up with something.comments.

Jason Hammel – 5.1 IP, 1 ER, 4 Hits, 1 BB, 5 Ks.  Ugh, I think I’m going to have to drop Hammel again as Maddon clearly doesn’t trust him to go deep into games right now.  Who pulls a starter his Hammel’s track record after just 65 pitches in the 6th?  Honestly!

Kevin Gausman – 7.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 Hits, 2 BBs, 8 Ks. His start was outshined by what was happening on the other side of the field.  No, not some guy in the stands pointing a giant mirror at people, Iwakuma’s no-hitter.  Jeez, some of you people…

Andrew Heaney – 5.2 IP, 2 ER, 6 Hits, 1 BB, 4 Ks.  This is kinda what I expected from Heaney.  If it’s your thing, that’s cool.

R.A. Dickey – 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 Hits, 2 BBs, 4Ks.  Dickey said that he wears Guess Seductive cologne when he pitches. He doesn’t, he wears Sex Panther.  Don’t trust a knuckleballer.

Michael Wacha – 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 9 Hits, 3 BBs, 7 Ks.  3 Walks and a 2.00 WHIP?  What are you trying to do to me Wacha.  You still need some time before being dominant n stuff.

Matt Wisler – 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 7 Hits, 2 BBs, 5 Ks. I feel like I can’t make any other jokes other than being all the Wisler.  Why did you have to write yourself into a corner Matty?

CC Sabathia – 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 9 Hits, 2 BBs, 2 Ks. Sabathia is so bad that he was graded twice for this start.  It’s super late guys, I’m sorry.

Daniel Norris – 6.1 IP, 3 ER, 6 Hits, 3 BBs, 2 Ks. I had a feeling that first start returning to the bigs was a bigger tease than when Stacy said she’d let you kiss her if you carried her bag all day. We all know what happened then…She let you kiss her?  No random person.  No :(

Edinson Volquez – 7.0 IP, 5 ER, 8 Hits, 2 BBs, 5 Ks.  Why are all my random women always named Stacy?  Oh, sorry, got side tracked.  I guess Volquez did stuff that was bad and it doesn’t shock me.  Anywho, I don’t even know anyone named Stacy, but she sounds like she sucks.

Gerrit Cole – 5.1 IP, 3 ER, 7 Hits, 2 BBs, 6 Ks.  Ehhhhhh, why is it that Cole can look so dang amazing at times with incredible under-the-hood numbers, then produce these bleghy starts 25% of the time?  WHY COLE?  WHY?!

James Shields – 6.1 IP, 5 ER, 6 Hits, 4 BBs, 7 Ks.  Welcome to life with Shields after April – it’s really sad.

Jake Odorizzi – 6.0 IP, 6 ER, 9 Hits, 1 BB, 6 Ks. Dang, I had a good feeling about this one too.  Welp, it is the day of disappointments after all.

Aaron Nola – 4.2 IP, 4 ER, 9 Hits, 1 BB, 2 Ks.  Seriously, this day is the worst.

Chase Anderson – 5.0 IP, 5 ER, 9 Hits, 0 BBs, 5 Ks.  MAKE IT STOP PLEASE OHMYGOD.

Adam Conley – 4.2 IP, 4 ER, 8 Hits, 1 BB, 3 Ks. Okay, at least I didn’t care about Conley in the first place.

Nick Martinez – 3.2 IP, 4 ER, 11 Hits, 0 BBs, 4 Ks. You know there’s that one guy who played for the first month of the season and picked up Martinez, then quit and never checked his team again with Martienz still chilling in his lineup.  Ouch.

Aaron Brooks – 1.2 IP, 8 ER, 6 Hits, 2 BBs, 2 Ks.  I was asked a lot about Brooks this week, and I hope this explains why I detailed that if he doesn’t have his command it could be a rough night for the youngin’.  Now that you know the risk, I’m sure you’ll be staying away like he has the cooties or Ebola.  As James Franco would say, “Same Same”.

Today’s Streamers

Mat Latos vs. Cincinnati Reds – Ugh, I don’t like this stream and if you’re debating if you need one for the day, I’d sit out on Latos.  Still, he has been a bit better since coming off the DL (ignoring his 6 ER blowup last time out…), and the best bet to succeed given the dearth of options.

Tomorrow’s Streamer

Kyle Hendricks vs. Chicago White Sox – Hendricks has a solid floor and faces one of the worst offenses around.

Game of the Day

Francisco Liriano vs. Lance Lynn – It’s Cards vs Pirates again and another pair of excellent starters that will make for a great game.

Nick Pollack

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

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