Moving Forward

Instead of a new edition of The List tomorrow, I’ll be putting out an analysis of the best streamers for the rest of the season as we only have two...

Instead of a new edition of The List tomorrow, I’ll be putting out an analysis of the best streamers for the rest of the season as we only have two weeks to go.  Given that starters have at most four starts left, it’s all about who is playing who and where, and I’ll be focusing a little more on 2016 outlooks in these roundups, like Carlos Rodon.  He had his second straight start with just one walk last night going  7.2 IP, 1 ER, 6 Hits, 1 BBs, 4 Ks, which may sway some entering the next year about Rodon’s stability.  It’s easily the biggest factor that lowers his value most, and if he can end the season on this ride, he could be sneaky value for those who aren’t trusting.

Let’s see what every other SP did yesterday:

Ryan Weber – 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 Hits, 2 BBs, 5 Ks.  Don’t get excited…Blame it on the Phillies.

Patrick Corbin – 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 Hits, 0 BBs, 5 Ks.  Corbin is a solid floor guy and performing well in San Fran makes him a near Top 25 guy entering next year.  Crazy, I know.

Cole Hamels – 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 7 Hits, 0 BBs, 12 Ks.  Aces gonna ace.  Well, I can’t really say that since I’ve been hating on Hamels for a bit.  Good to see him rebound like this, but I’d be lying to say I expect him to perform like this every day out.

Jerad Eickhoff – 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 Hits, 2 BBs, 5 Ks.  The Hoff rebounded – against the Braves, shhhhhh – but don’t expect Baywatch 2 next time against the Nationals.

Garrett Richards – 8.2 IP, 2 ER, 5 Hits, 4 BBs, 7 Ks.  It’s hard not to be tempted by his next two starts against Seattle and Oakland, but man those four walks against the Twins don’t inspire too much confidence.

Wei-Yin Chen – 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 6 Hits, 0 BBs, 7 Ks.  Our Call Boy got the job done as Chen continues to be a guy that we can trust for the right matchup.

Francisco Liriano – 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 Hits, 2 BBs, 9 Ks.  He outdueled Kershaw as he rebounded against the Dodgers.  Expect the Ks to return next time out against the Cubs.

Andrew Heaney – 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 2 Hits, 2 BBs, 6 Ks.  Heaney has had 7 Ks just once all year, but the real important thing here is that he holds a 4.29 xFIP for the season.  I think some will jump for him in drafts, but Heaney is a Toby and nothing more.

Matt Boyd – 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 Hits, 1 BBs, 6 Ks.  There is upside with Boyd for next year given his K rate, and he may be a decent late round flier.

Michael Pineda – 5.1 IP, 0 ER, 4 Hits, 1 BBs, 4 Ks. Pineda never really looked too comfortable yesterday, but to see him quell the Mets bats – even if in only 5.1 IP – is always great to see.

Wade Miley – 6.2 IP, 2 ER, 3 Hits, 5 BBs, 7 Ks.  Five walks?  Come on Miley, I’d rather watch you host an awards show again than deal with this.

Jordan Zimmermann – 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 Hits, 1 BBs, 7 Ks. This is the upside of JZ, but I really don’t expect him to have this solid of a K rate consistently.

Clayton Kershaw – 7.0 IP, 3 ER, 7 Hits, 2 BBs, 8 Ks. This is one of the worst starts from Kershaw in a long time.  Gotta love him.

Carlos Carrasco – 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 Hits, 2 BBs, 9 Ks. Leave it to Carrasco to blow your mind with Ks but have a questionable ERA.  Still love him for 2016.

Erasmo Ramirez – 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 9 Hits, 0 BBs, 4 Ks.  I guess we just have to accept Erasmo as a Toby…nah can’t do it.

R.A. Dickey – 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 Hits, 1 BBs, 3 Ks.  Dickey told me he was related to Chuck Norris.  When I asked his uncle to produce a roundhouse kick, he looked.  Don’t trust a knuckleballer.

Kyle Gibson – 6.1 IP, 3 ER, 5 Hits, 3 BBs, 5 Ks.  Gibson is in the running for the MFRTSPA with a 3.75 ERA and 6.34 K/9.  Yeah…

Mike Pelfrey – 6.0 IP, 4 ER, 9 Hits, 0 BBs, 1 Ks.  And Pelfrey is completely out of the running.  That’s how much confidence you should have in him.

Travis Wood – 2.2 IP, 1 ER, 2 Hits, 2 BBs, 3 Ks.  Wood got the spot start and shouldn’t be on your radar.

Edinson Volquez – 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 7 Hits, 4 BBs, 6 Ks.  Yep, Volquez isn’t good.

Noah Syndergaard – 6.0 IP, 5 ER, 7 Hits, 0 BBs, 8 Ks.  His start was bookended by a pair of HRs, the only ER he allowed the entire start.  In between, he allowed just one hit, so don’t react too harshly to this outing.

Yohan Flande – 2.2 IP, 1 ER, 4 Hits, 2 BBs, 0 Ks.  Flande 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.

Michael Wacha – 5.0 IP, 4 ER, 6 Hits, 4 BBs, 7 Ks.  Wacha can only K a bunch of batters when things aren’t going well.  Don’t try to find the silver lining here and ignore the negatives about Wacha.  You’re better than that.

Brad Hand – 4.2 IP, 3 ER, 4 Hits, 6 BBs, 4 Ks.  I will spare you the poor Hand jokes, so I’ll leave you with this.  Blegh.

Scott Kazmir – 3.2 IP, 3 ER, 5 Hits, 3 BBs, 2 Ks.  Pretty disappointing from Kaz who has been a solid rock for most of the season.

Josh Smith – 4.0 IP, 4 ER, 6 Hits, 2 BBs, 3 Ks. Yeah, this guy isn’t gonna provide you value this year.

Taylor Jungmann – 5.0 IP, 5 ER, 8 Hits, 1 BBs, 4 Ks.  That’s three straight disappointing outings from Jungmann and it’s time to cut bait :-/

Vidal Nuno – 3.1 IP, 4 ER, 5 Hits, 4 BBs, 3 Ks.  He had a rematch against the Rangers and it didn’t work out nearly as well.  FYI, his FIP is 6.20 as a starter this year.

Sonny Gray – 5.1 IP, 5 ER, 8 Hits, 4 BBs, 2 Ks.  It’s been a tough second half, and his stock is plummeting for 2016.

Robbie Erlin – 3.0 IP, 7 ER, 9 Hits, 1 BBs, 2 Ks. You forgot who Erlin was, didn’t you.  There’s a reason you did.

Mike Leake – 3.0 IP, 3 ER, 8 Hits, 1 BBs, 0 Ks. Since his first two decent outings for the Giants, Leake has allowed under 3 ER just once in his last five outings.  Not someone I’d trust down the stretch.

Today’s Streamers

Kevin Gausman vs. Tampa Bay Rays – The Rays are prime for easy pickings these days, and Gausman should take full advantage.

Aaron Nola vs. Atlanta Braves – Nola had a solid outing last time he faced the Braves, and it could be another solid outing again.

Tomorrow’s Streamer

Brett Anderson vs. Arizona Diamondbacks – Very few guys to choose from given that it’s a Monday and Ace day, and Anderson is the best Toby available.

Game of the Day

Stephen Strasburg vs. Miami Marlins – He impressed with 14 Ks last time, and it’ll be fun to see if he can light up the scoreboard again against a vulnerable Marlin offense.

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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