Mr. Anderson’s Red Pill

Nick Pollack reviews every single starting pitcher's performances from Sunday's games.

(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Icon Sportswire)

I feel like I’ve actually talked a decent amount about Tyler Anderson but after last night’s 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 Hits, 1 BBs, 6 Ks, he’s now sporting an impressive 2.19 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 26.4% K rate, and 6.3% walk rate over his last eight starts, including five home outings. His whiff rate has remained elevated at 12% in that time, and if you’re staying away because of the whole Coors factor, or saving him for the Rocky Mountain Way, I’m beginning to believe Anderson can pull off a Toby-esque season with occasional strikeout upside along the way. Obviously don’t keep a blind eye to matchups, but be a little more lenient than his teammates.

Let’s see how every other SP did Sunday:

Lucas Giolito – 6.1 IP, 0 ER, 2 Hits, 3 BBs, 6 Ks. Wait, what? He was 10/22 in first pitch strikes, held 20/102 CSW and induced 33 foul balls. Yep, something had to be super weird here.

Julio Teheran – 6.1 IP, 0 ER, 4 Hits, 3 BBs, 6 Ks.  Ayyyynot only did Teheran succeed against the Diamondbacks, he did it AT HOME. Y’all know I detest the floor of Teheran, but if you’re a guy that needs some chance at good per start, you could do worse than Julio.

Jhoulys Chacin – 5.1 IP, 1 ER, 1 Hits, 0 BBs, 2 Ks. Chacin will do well when Jhoulyst expect. But this was the Pirates and they aren’t good. So kinda expected it? But that’s what we wouldn’t expect because you don’t know when you expect it. Uh huh…right.

Jeremy Hellickson – 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 Hits, 2 BBs, 6 Ks. The Devil did his part to seduce you today, don’t let it lull you into a fall sense of security. He will destroy you if you’re not careful.

Mike Leake – 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 6 Hits, 2 BBs, 4 Ks. Really impressed Leake was able to get through six frames with 77 pitches in Coors. Coors! I obviously wouldn’t have started him here, but keep in mind it is a 2.92 ERA and 1.19 WHIP now in his last 11 starts. Sure, a 4.28 SIERA with a laughable 14.3% K rate that isn’t even close to Chatwood’s walk rate, but there may be value for you in 12-teamers. Maybe.

Francisco Liriano – 3.0 IP, 1 ER, 1 Hits, 3 BBs, 3 Ks. Liriano left with back stiffness and dozens – DOZENS – of owners were upset. It’s a really tight knit community.

Corey Oswalt – 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 Hits, 0 BBs, 1 Ks. It’s the False King (this is a Roy Oswalt joke for those that have been lost the past few weeks) and Corey is lame like royalty that elects to eat only peanut butter sandwiches. Live a little, ya know?  Oh, and of course, HAISTFMFWT?!

Ryne Stanek – 2.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 Hits, 0 BBs, 3 Ks. The streak came to an end, the pitchers were all legit bullpen, and there’s nothing else to talk about. Cool.

Trevor Bauer – 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 7 Hits, 1 BBs, 7 Ks. Aces gonna ace. Bauer really is this good, guys – this was against the Yankees! It’s not going away.

Brian Johnson – 4.2 IP, 2 ER, 2 Hits, 4 BBs, 5 Ks. It’s a long way to the top if you roster Johnson.

Sean Manaea – 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 Hits, 1 BBs, 1 Ks. Yes, I’m happy with this start n all, but Manaea, buddy, one strikeout? HAISTFMFWT?!

Burch Smith – 2.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 Hits, 0 BBs, 2 Ks. I went with Burch to start a fire. It’s just the best way to do it.

Masahiro Tanaka – 6.1 IP, 2 ER, 6 Hits, 1 BBs, 5 Ks. Great start from Tanaka, especially against the Indians. I think he’s a little undervalued heading into the second half.

Clayton Kershaw – 6.2 IP, 3 ER, 6 Hits, 4 BBs, 8 Ks. Okay, so that ERA isn’t so bad and it’s eight strikeouts but that WHIP is blegh and this isn’t supposed to happen to TATIAGA. I didn’t sign up for this. Here’s to hoping a second half of vintage Kersh awaits.

Jon Lester – 5.1 IP, 3 ER, 6 Hits, 3 BBs, 7 Ks. Lester got the Padres and got the 7 Ks you were hoping for, but that WHIP and ERA are…not very good. He’s moving to that expected 3.70 ERA/1.25 WHIP we’re seeing for the second half and don’t be shocked when it fully gets here.

Deck McGuire – 3.0 IP, 3 ER, 4 Hits, 2 BBs, 2 Ks. Not gonna lie, if I were the Dodgers, I’d be holding a contest among the hitters to “Hit The Deck.” Yep, I went there. I will always go there.

Miles Mikolas – 4.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 Hits, 2 BBs, 2 Ks. Blegh. Sure, the strikeouts aren’t always Mikolas’ thing, but a 2.00 WHIP and 6.75 ERA is far from what we ordered. I have a little worry, slight worry, but nothing to act on now.

Marcus Stroman – 5.0 IP, 3 ER, 5 Hits, 1 BBs, 4 Ks. Meh, it’s super mediocre, just like the Jays team. At least Stroman knows it. Can he be a Toby through the second half? Sure, I can see it. I’m not holding on tight, though.

Miguel Castro – 2.2 IP, 4 ER, 1 Hits, 3 BBs, 2 Ks. The Orioles are doing this thing of seeing if Castro can start even if they know perfectly well that he can’t with any sort of efficiency. But hey! It doesn’t matter. It’s a lost 2018 season. And probably 2019 as well…

Patrick Corbin – 6.0 IP, 4 ER, 6 Hits, 1 BBs, 3 Ks. Corbin had a difficult third frame allowing all four runs, and settled in the rest of the start. He wasn’t his massively deceptive start, but this wasn’t a day of labor and struggle that 4 ER might look.

Fernando Romero – 4.1 IP, 4 ER, 10 Hits, 0 BBs, 1 Ks. Romero was called back up for the Twins – you know, the strikeout upside arm with Feral CommandTM – and he was flat out bad. Singled Out and just not close to the deceptive guy we want. HASTFMFWT?!  Can’t say I expect him to get more time in the rotation right away after the ASB, so don’t feel like you need to hang on here.

Andrew Suarez – 5.0 IP, 4 ER, 4 Hits, 2 BBs, 5 Ks. Welp, this one didn’t go as planned. I don’t see Suarez as a Top 50 arm anyway, but still a TOp 100 play. He’s going to swing from bad to good, good to bad, and we’re all the turn of the pendulum now. So it goes. Streaming Record 56-32.

Enyel De Los Santos – 4.1 IP, 5 ER, 7 Hits, 1 BBs, 2 Ks. I got a lot of questions about De Los Santos during my Friday AMA, which surprised me a bit as if you’re a regular reader, you know I labeled DLS as a Cup of Schmo. I can fathom some upside showing up with his repertoire, but that’s nothing to chase, which turned into that CoS label. Avoid it y’all.

Eric Lauer – 2.0 IP, 5 ER, 5 Hits, 1 BBs, 3 Ks. And that’s why we call him El. O. L. It stands for Only Losses. Yes I’m funny. Sometimes.

Mike Minor – 2.2 IP, 5 ER, 4 Hits, 2 BBs, 1 Ks. This was the Orioles and we wanted more. A lot more. What we got was a started that hurt everywhere. HAISTFMFWT?!

Joe Musgrove – 7.2 IP, 5 ER, 7 Hits, 4 BBs, 5 Ks. Blegh, Musgrove had a bit of a Careful Icarus here, loading the bases in the eighth frame, all three coming in to score on his final pitch to Brett PhillipsWomp womp. You want a better floor from Musgrove, and I think you’ll get one, but this hurts a bit.

Jose Urena – 4.0 IP, 5 ER, 4 Hits, 4 BBs, 4 Ks. Say it with me y’all, If you roster Jose, Urena a boatload of trouble.

Justin Verlander – 6.0 IP, 5 ER, 6 Hits, 0 BBs, 12 Ks. Four HRs allowed here that made this a super weird start as he earned himself another Gallows Pole. Remember, it’s not all about ERA, that’s still a 1.00 WHIP and a boatload of Ks. Yes, a boatload is now officially defined as a dozen. Take note.

Anthony DeSclafani – 3.1 IP, 6 ER, 5 Hits, 1 BBs, 3 Ks. I really want to have fun on the dance floor, but Tony Disco is just ruining it for everyone. It’s like he doesn’t understand what personal space is.

Today’s Streamer

ALL-STAR BREAK – Treat yourself to something nice.

Tomorrow’s Streamer

ALL-STAR BREAK – Yeah, it’s still the break. Crazy, I know.

Day After Tomorrow’s Streamer

ALL-STAR BREAK – Guys, it lasts four days save for the Cards and Cubs. We can get through this.

Game of the Day

Chess – I like it.

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.

18 responses to “Mr. Anderson’s Red Pill”

  1. Kyle says:

    Do you really play chess, Nick?

    • Nick Pollack says:

      Sure do. I was lucky enough to even be taught by Bruce Pandolfini when I was a kid.

      Haven’t kept it up much though, really want to get back into it as I age.

  2. kuzmickimantle says:

    IMHO, Bauer was robbed of the win against the Yanks. Just sayin….

  3. Barry says:

    I already have Crawford. Mikolas for Bogaerts. 6×6 H2H OPS QS Redraft.

    Who wins ROS?

    Already roster Verlander, Car-Mart, Godley, Mikolas, Heaney, Manaea, Kingham, and Bieber.

    Thanks for the help.

    • Nick Pollack says:

      I’d prefer to hold Mikolas. You need the stability to ensure you’re fine for the long haul and it’s not a huge upgrade from Crawford.

  4. Cason Jollette says:

    A month or so ago I traded Newcomb for Archer. Is that trade looking better by the day?

  5. theKraken says:

    If you didn’t watch, the Mikolas start was a weird one. He only allowed runs in the 4th inning and they didn’t hit the ball hard at all. There was a bunt single by the pitcher, an error ruled a hit off of Mikolas and a ground ball through the pull side of the infield – that along with a few walks was the big inning. It was a long, laborious inning but nothing to be concerned about. The worst part of Mikolas’ night was getting yanked after 4 with a lead! Leave it to a guy that hasn’t managed before…. Sure, the lack of Ks are an issue but he was managing contact just like he always has. I guess that’s the problem with Mikolas – the lack of Ks doesn’t leave him much wiggle room.

    • Barry says:

      Thanks for the feedback theKraken. I’ve enjoyed Mikolas all year. What do think about him for Bogaerts?

  6. Vincent D says:

    So I take by your short writeup on Giolito you’re not buying his last two starts. I need to pick someone else up now that E-Rod is out for at least a month. Kingham, Peralta Pivetta, skaggs and Bieber all owned. Was hoping Gio could be that guy.

  7. theKraken says:

    What is the issue with Hellickson? The numbers look great. It seems like he gets early hooks, but outside of that, what is the issue? He plays in the right division for spot starts. From my view he looks like a nice spot starter especially if the Nats can get it together.

    • Nick Pollack says:

      Fastball is a terrible pitch. He’s often gone through stretches where it suddenly isn’t an issue, but it always come back to bite him.

      His floor is super low, which makes him a big risk throwing him out there on a given night.

  8. Jim says:

    I can’t believe I am gonna say this but some of these bad starts weren’t “as bad” as the final line. Urena for example was looking REALLY GOOD for 3 innings, allowing no hits. Even in the 4th when it fell apart he battled Rhys and got the K to end the inning. Naturally the “W” went to his successor in the 5th inning. ugh.

    Same goes for Musgrove. His final line should have been much different. I almost feel as though Musgrove should rise in the Rankings this week tbh.

  9. Let's Play Two says:

    I have a couple trade possibilities and may do them both. For a standard, season-long roto using QS, K, ERA and WHIP who would you prefer ROS for greater counting stats while preserving ratios?

    1. Thor or Cole
    2. Strasburg or Verlander

    • Nick Pollack says:

      Cole and Verlander are the two safer ones there.

      Thor over Cole if you need a bigger “Hail Mary” play.

      • Let's Play Two says:

        Thanks, Nick.

        When you say Cole and Verlander are “safer” are you referring to the durability issues of Thor and Stras? Do you like Cole and Verlander, because you believe they should put up better stats ROS or that they aren’t as injury-prone as the others?

        Also, not sure what you mean by Thor if I need a bigger “Hail Mary” play. You have Cole ranked higher than Thor. Can you elaborate for me?

  10. maris says:

    Nick. In points league, who do you like ROS, Clevelands Bieber or Twins Gibson? Thanks

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Account / Login