Is There Moore?

There have been a ton of call ups this year – it’s the nature of a SPOIL’D season – and last night gave us Andrew Moore for the Mariners who...

There have been a ton of call ups this year – it’s the nature of a SPOIL’D season – and last night gave us Andrew Moore for the Mariners who dazzled with a 7.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 Hits, 0 BBs, 4 Ks against the Tigers. Is he a Spice Girl? Should I be running to the wire to get him? Here’s the low-down: He’s a finesse arm that can be sneaky with command to elevate with his heater well and miss some bats with his Slider. His minor league numbers dictate a low walk total and about a 6.50 – 7.00 K/9. That’s not something I want to bank on as I only like to make Three-Fists Compromises with pitchers who have a good track record of keeping their ERA/WHIP low in the majors. If I’m chasing a new arm, I want it to be a proper lottery ticket that can make a huge impact for my team and not with a ceiling of a Top 50 arm.

Let’s see how every other SP did yesterday:

Jose Quintana – 6.2 IP, 0 ER, 5 Hits, 0 BBs, 9 Ks. Why didn’t I see this before. Over Quintana’s last four starts following a 7 ER blowup, he’s now holding a 2.25 ERA, 9.00 K/9, 3.00 BB/9, and 54.0% groundball rate (37.8% prior!). Guess what, Quintana made a significant change. No, he’s still not getting the amount of drop we want to see on his Curveball. Instead, he’s throwing his Two-Seamer over 30% of the time after not using the pitch all this season. Yep, I’m buying Quintana again, go go go go. Sorry I didn’t pick up on this sooner.

Aaron Nola – 7.1 IP, 1 ER, 4 Hits, 2 BBs, 8 Ks. I obviously watched this start – I watch every Nola start – and you may be surprised to hear that I didn’t love this outing from Nola. Velocity was around 92mph for the game (I want to see closer to 93/94) and his Curveball wasn’t as consistent as we’ve seen in the past. I also think he should have been pulled after seven as he allowed a solo HR, earned a K, then walked a batter before getting pulled at 107 pitches. At the end of the day, his Fastball command was legit – just look at this strikezone plot and see how much he nibbled around the edges with rare wild misses – and his next two starts against Pittsburgh and San Diego are tantalizing.

Chase Anderson – 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 2 Hits, 2 BBs, 7 Ks. Velocity was still up at 93.6mph and he did well. That’s pretty much all you need to know as we’re still in the honeymoon phase.

Zack Godley – 7.0 IP, 3 ER, 4 Hits, 1 BBs, 8 Ks. For those who risked Godley inside of Coors, you were rewarded with a sub 1.00 WHIP, eight Ks and a Quality Start. If you’re not feeling confident in Godley now, I’m not sure what else you need to see.

Jake Arrieta – 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 6 Hits, 0 BBs, 3 Ks. That’s a 3.21 ERA over his last five starts as he’s begun throwing his Slider under 10% of the time. Great to see him not walk a batter for just the second time all year as well, and I think we can say this is a new Arrieta now. Phew.

Steven Matz – 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 3 Hits, 5 BBs, 8 Ks. Blegh. Yes Blegh to a Quality Start and 8 Ks. Five walks are atrocious and far from the man Matz used to be. I know, this was the Dodgers and we should be happy with this overall, it’s just I want to see Matz look more like his former self if I’m rolling with him moving forward. Too bad he gets the Nats two starts in the future, but I’m happy to start him against Miami next Wednesday.

Carlos Martinez – 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 Hits, 2 BBs, 4 Ks. I was hoping for a little better from the Phillies – at least a Win here – but even when it’s not great, it’s still good.

Hyun-Jin Ryu – 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 Hits, 2 BBs, 3 Ks. Ehhhh I ran with Ryu in the staff league as he faced the Mets and I was hoping for a little bit more. I blame Hatcher for allowing a run in the sixth that turned this into a ND. I wish you were cooler like your cousin Billy.

Mike Clevinger – 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 Hits, 4 BBs, 4 Ks. Those first two innings were a huge struggle from Clev, but he settled down and pitched three more concrete frames to make this just a blegh start instead of a blowup. I still think he has the tools to be a Top 50 arm – probably not Top 30 for a good while – though I understand if you prefer more seasoned arms. Streamer Record 40-25-11.

David Paulino – 5.1 IP, 3 ER, 7 Hits, 2 BBs, 6 Ks. This might be the end for Paulino as Keuchel and McCullers could be returning within the next week. I didn’t like his command a whole lot here, but at least you had six Ks to salvage the blegh ratios. Feel free to let him loose on the wire.

Daniel Norris – 6.0 IP, 5 ER, 5 Hits, 3 BBs, 5 Ks. At least he’s not 2nd in hard contact anymore? That 41.1% mark is good enough for third place now. Nice going!

Ivan Nova – 7.0 IP, 4 ER, 11 Hits, 2 BBs, 5 Ks. Are five Ks enough of a return to continue risking boring starts from Nova? Look internally and ask yourself that question. Then look outward before walking into that pole.

Martin Perez – 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 9 Hits, 2 BBs, 3 Ks. Note to self: next time you need to fall asleep, read a Perez stat line.

Luis Severino – 6.0 IP, 5 ER, 8 Hits, 2 BBs, 5 Ks. Is this the Aces Gonna Ace curse? I gave it to McCullers the start before he got injured, CarMart wasn’t as good last night against the Phils, and now Sev has allowed 9 ER since I gave him the title as he faced the A’s and Angels. Am I worried? His whiff rates have been down a little these last two starts (8.1% and 7.3% compared to 11.4% overall), but his velocity is up and I consider this a slow stretch instead of a trend. I’m still buying here.

Wade Miley – 5.0 IP, 4 ER, 8 Hits, 2 BBs, 3 Ks. Remember when Miley had a sub 3.30 ERA? HA Ha ha…

Jesse Chavez – 4.0 IP, 5 ER, 7 Hits, 2 BBs, 3 Ks. And everything is back to normal. Phew.

Jeff Locke – 4.0 IP, 5 ER, 7 Hits, 3 BBs, 2 Ks. Thank you Locke, for making the choices of naive fantasy owners everywhere that much easier.

Jaime Garcia – 4.1 IP, 6 ER, 7 Hits, 3 BBs, 3 Ks. Garcia is a risky play that can work out in your favor more times than you would expect. That doesn’t mean the majority of the time, noooo way.

Marcus Stroman – 4.0 IP, 7 ER, 7 Hits, 2 BBs, 5 Ks. This is the risk of Stroman. Pair that with seven straight starts of six Ks or fewer and you’ll understand why I had to lower him a few weeks ago. I expect him to return to form, but think of him like a more dependable Ivan Nova and not someone that can be like Zack Greinke.

Nik Turley – 0.2 IP, 5 ER, 6 Hits, 0 BBs, 0 Ks. Yeeeeaaaaah. No.

Matt Cain – 4.0 IP, 7 ER, 10 Hits, 0 BBs, 1 Ks. Is anyone rostering Cain? Checks ESPN. Why?

Antonio Senzatela – 5.0 IP, 9 ER, 8 Hits, 3 BBs, 3 Ks. Senz-a had to deal with the Dbacks in Coors and this wasn’t going to end well as he’s been pitching over his head.

Jesse Hahn – 2.0 IP, 9 ER, 6 Hits, 3 BBs, 0 Ks. Hahn against the Astros wasn’t a recipe for success. There may times you can pick and choose his starts for some success, but man oh man don’t make this same mistake again if you did.

Today’s Streamer

Mike Pelfrey vs Oakland Athletics – I feel like I’m taking crazy pills recommending Pelfrey, but he gets Oakland and there are few options to choose from + he’s allowed a total over 7 ER in his six starts. Obviously not one I want to roll with and I’d go Seth Lugo instead, but he’s over my 25% threshold now. Womp womp.

Tomorrow’s Streamer

Daniel Gossett vs. Chicago White Sox – This is crazy but there’s no one else. No, I’m not starting Anibal against the Padres. 12-Teamers, don’t do this.

Day After Tomorrow’s Streamer

Jordan Zimmermann vs. San Diego Padres – It has come to this. If you need a Win on Sunday, also consider the following: Hector Velazquez vs. LAA, Francisco Liriano vs. KCR and Josh Tomlin vs. MIN

Game of the Day

Stephen Strasburg vs. Luis Castillo It’s a MLB debut plus Strasburg. Sounds amazing.

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.

22 responses to “Is There Moore?”

  1. Kyle says:

    Love the content, Nick. Thanks for doing this day-in, day-out. It’s one of the most enjoyable fantasy assets on the Interwebs!

  2. jakerg23 says:

    I’m in a points league with a heavy value in SP who can start in my RP slots.

    I have Nova, Bundy, and Peacock, but I really want Godley. Should I drop one of them, cut ties on a SP (Tanaka / Cole), or watch leave him on the wire?

    • Nick Pollack says:

      Really close across the board there.

      Bundy has more upside than Nova, but Nova might be slightly better floor wise. Peacock has K potential, but his time is limited.

      Tanaka/Cole I think you hold tight with.

      I’d say drop Peacock if you need long term help. Drop Nova otherwise.

  3. Free Brady says:

    What about Tyler Chatwood at LAD tomorrow as a streamer? His home/road splits are insane!

  4. Sticki says:

    Chances Taillon goes more than 5 innings tonight?

  5. David says:

    You know last year during his great stretch Nola was throwing like 90-92. Or am I forgetting the +1MPH statcast thing?

    • Nick Pollack says:

      I’m not seeing the velocity difference. Looks like he’s doing the same thing this year that he did last season.

      (Actually, identical 92.6mph for both 2016 and 2017 according to Pitch Info).

  6. Sticki says:

    Trade Darvish and LeMahieu for Greinke? Need wins, ERA and WHIP. Set at 2b with Gordon.

  7. Scott says:

    4×4 roto format (no strikeouts). Where would you rank Nova?

  8. Max says:

    How do you feel about Bauer vs Min today?

  9. David Colasurdo says:

    My league is super deep so forgive me if this list is the same names that always come out… however ROS, Morton, L.Weaver, Karns, Biagini, Gausman, Rodon, H.Bailey, Strahm, Guerra, Volquez? Looking for 1-2 of these guys to add for 2nd half steals! Do you mind ranking them? I know a few of them are still hurt, but let’s say they weren’t hurt!

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