So in this week’s edition of getting Felix’d, Lance Lynn was bounced out yesterday’s game allowing 7 Runs (3 earned) while getting two outs, ending with a line of 0.2 IP, 3 ER, 6 Hits, 0 BBs, 1 K. So he got a little messed up on a throwing error, but he still allowed the cycle with 3 singles, a double, a triple, and a HR in under a frame of work. It’s been a weird season of sorts for Lynn, as he came out of the gate blazing with a low walk rate and Ks up the wazoo, but since returning from a hip injury in June, his FIP/xFIP are elevated at 3.42/3.65 and he’s walking 3.46 BB/9. I still like Lynn and don’t consider him droppable, but I’m not sure I see him as Top 25 material anymore and more like a guy hovering around #30.
Let’s see what every other SP did yesterday:
Ryan Vogelsong – 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 Hits, 4 BBs, 8 Ks. …And Vogelsong has the second best. Baseball Gods, you are an odd bunch.
Noah Syndergaard – 7.0 IP, 3 ER, 4 Hits, 2 BBs, 5 Ks. Ehhh, the WHIP is great, but the ERA isn’t what you wanted and only 5 Ks is disappointing.
Jon Lester – 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 7 Hits, 2 BBs, 10 Ks. So this is the exact opposite of Syndergaard’s start. Huh.
Stephen Strasburg – 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 7 Hits, 2 BBs, 8 Ks. And this is Lester’s with two fewer Ks. Seriously, a weird night.
Mark Buehrle – 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 7 Hits, 2 BBs, 2 Ks. The Burly Buehrle just doing his thang.
Jesse Chavez – 6.0 IP, 4 ER, 6 Hits, 0 BBs, 9 Ks. Gotta enjoy the Ks and WHIP, but that ERA sticks out like a sore…like a sore…like a pitched tent in algebra class.
Keyvius Sampson – 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 Hits, 3 BB, 3 Ks. Keyvius and Locke are two halves of a whole bunch of suckage.
Francisco Liriano – 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 Hits, 4 BBs, 5 Ks. I’m not sure I know where I stand with Liriano right now. His soft contact is stil lfantastic, but now he’s increasing the walks, and he’s only looked like Top 20 guy in one of his last five starts. Sure, he’s faced some tough teams like the Nationals, Dodgers, and Cardinals, which may make his life easier when he plays Arizona, San Fran, Colorado in Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, and Milwaukee again. This actually may be a good buy low given that decent schedule ahead of him.
Garrett Richards – 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 8 Hits, 2 BBs, 4 Ks. Still shaky and disappointing. Don’t think we see a major breakout from Richards until sometime in 2016.
Nathan Eovaldi – 5.1 IP, 4 ER, 7 Hits, 3 BBs, 4 Ks. His ceiling is a hanging in 60s/70s like a dang hippie. Is that really what you want for yourself?
Tyler Cravy – 4.1 IP, 4 ER, 4 Hits, 4 BBs, 3 Ks. Yeah, no.
Chi Chi Gonzalez – 5.2 IP, 5 ER, 5 Hits, 5 BBs, 4 Ks. Seriously, no. Oh god take it away from me NOW. I can smell it from here and it reminds me of Prince Fielder’s armpits after a day game. Shudders.
Mat Latos – 4.2 IP, 4 ER, 7 Hits, 1 BB, 7 Ks. Our Call Boy didn’t do so hot, but at least he gave you something to salvage with a Win and 7 Ks. Yaaaaay.
Ervin Santana – 6.0 IP, 5 ER, 8 Hits, 2 BBs, 1 K. Let’s be real here. We know there is some upside to be had with Santana, but is his risk of ruining your night worse than a drunk man hitting on your girlfriend worth that reward?
Eddie Butler – 4.0 IP, 6 ER, 7 Hits, 1 BB, 4 Ks. Butler 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.
Trevor Bauer – 3.1 IP, 6 ER, 7 Hits, 2 BBs, 1 K. Reader Matt (thanks!) provided the perfect term for a the boom/bust pitcher since we were looking for a term that describes a guy who has such tasty and delicious upside, but can always blow up in your face. Bauer is a true Cherry Bomb, and he certainly exploded in your face last night. I wouldn’t be chasing after his Cherry this season (okay that sounds a little weird…), and I doubt he ever truly turns the corner to rid himself of the term.
Game of the Day
David Price vs. Ivan Nova – So you have a solid pitching matchup mixed with the intensity of a division rival. Sweeeeet.