No Free Passes Courtesy Of The Rich

We’ve been waiting for Garrett Richards to get his mojo back from last season, and it’s been tough to endure the bunch of walks he’s allowed in nearly every outing....

We’ve been waiting for Garrett Richards to get his mojo back from last season, and it’s been tough to endure the bunch of walks he’s allowed in nearly every outing.  AFter allowing only walk last time out, last night he went 7.2 IP, 1 ER, 6 Hits, 1 BBs, 6 Ks.  It may be time to blow the horn of the hype train, because Richards seems to have found the feel of his Fastballs again.  Last year he was a top 15 guy once he found his groove, and if there is a worried owner out there, I would be reaching out my arm to make my purchase like I’m driving up to a McDonald’s.  Go snag him if you need pitching help and hold if you’ve got him already.

Let’s see what every other SP did yesterday:

Chris Archer – 6.2 IP, 0 ER, 3 Hits, 3 BBs, 8 Ks.  Another solid outing from Archer as he faced the Yankees, but the Rays pen blew it.  Whatevs, Chris is still a beast.

Mike Fiers – 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 Hits, 2 BBs, 2 Ks. A Fiers start that hints on a minimalist score?  What is going on here.

John Danks – 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 Hits, 2 BBs, 5 Ks.  SERIOUSLY WHAT IS GOING ON HERE.

Gio Gonzalez – 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 Hits, 0 BBs, 6 Ks. Welcome to the first game all season that Gio didn’t walk a single batter.  His only blemish on the evening was a solo shot, so this is most likely his most dominant start of the year.  Have I changed my mind about Gio?  Ehhhh not really.  I don’t think the low walk rate is here to stay which makes him a tough pill to swallow on most evenings.

Clayton Kershaw – 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 Hits, 2 BBs, 7 Ks.  He walked two batters in the first before getting into a groove the rest of the way.  It’s funny when you see a line of a 1.00 WHIP, 7 Ks and 1.29 ERA and you get a little disappointed.

Noah Syndergaard – 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 Hits, 2 BBs, 6 Ks.  He went toe-to-toe with Kersh all night and put up just as good of a line.  Still believe he doesn’t deserve his #27 overall ranking?

Michael Wacha – 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 Hits, 1 BBs, 6 Ks. It may be time for me to give Wacha a little more love.  I’m not talking Top 20 – that’s nuts – but something like 25 or so.  I still see some more regression without the major amount of Ks, but he’s averaging 6.1 IP per start and giving you great WHIP/ERA each time out.  He’s what we wanted from JZ all along.

Jason Hammel – 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 Hits, 1 BBs, 5 Ks. Hammel is still a boss, though the 5 Ks are a small let down, like a mini pink-slip.

Ubaldo Jimenez – 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 6 Hits, 2 BBs, 4 Ks. He faced the poor ChiSox and did what he was supposed to do.  The Indians faced Danks and didn’t do what they were supposed to do.

Jeremy Guthrie – 7.1 IP, 2 ER, 5 Hits, 1 BBs, 4 Ks. Want to know Guthrie’s K/9?  It’s 4.72.  When your 5.42 ERA is much higher than your K/9, you’re gonna have a bad time.

Julio Teheran – 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 7 Hits, 3 BBs, 4 Ks. His last four starts have gone 6 ER, 0 ER, 6 ER, 0 ER.  Feel like trusting him now?

Adam Morgan – 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 Hits, 2 BBs, 5 Ks.  Whatever you do, don’t trust the 2.13 ERA after two starts.  A 5.37 FIP awaits and he’s had K/9 rates under 7 outside of a 2012 stint in A+ ball.  He’s not the guy you want.

Andrew Cashner – 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 Hits, 3 BBs, 3 Ks.  Sure, he’s lowered his ER allowed in each of his last four outings, but I don’t care.  This is Cashner we’re talking about, the guy who has had only one Excellent Start all season.  No thanks bud.

Tommy Milone – 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 Hits, 2 BBs, 5 Ks. You’re just trying to make the MFRTSPA a weird thing this year, aren’t you.  Not to mention, you’re not helping the owners who own Trevor May and are wondering who gets the boot from the rotation now that Santana is here.

Tom Koehler – 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 Hits, 1 BBs, 4 Ks. That’s 1 Er, 2 ER, 1 ER the last three games from Koehler.

Trevor Bauer – 6.1 IP, 2 ER, 3 Hits, 1 BBs, 3 Ks.  His antics at the plate were the highlight of his performance, as this isn’t an all too exciting outing.  However, 1 walk and 3 strikeouts means he’s been executing his pitches better, and hopefully it sticks around despite Bauer’s belief that it will regress.

Jake Peavy – 6.1 IP, 2 ER, 3 Hits, 4 BBs, 4 Ks. I’m willing to put aside the four walks as he returned from the DL.  Some guys have more rust than others when they return and often make a simple adjustment moving forward.  Remember, Jaime Garcia had five walks in his opener vs. the Mets.

Anibal Sanchez – 7.1 IP, 4 ER, 3 Hits, 3 BBs, 5 Ks. I mean, a guy with a 14.9% HR/FB heading into Rogers Centre isn’t a pitcher you want to start.

Chase Anderson – 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 3 Hits, 2 BBs, 5 Ks.  He had a higher owned % than Brett Andersonwhich is just silly, and this start probably brought those numbers closer.

Masahiro Tanaka – 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 Hits, 1 BBs, 5 Ks. Not terrible, but we want to see some dominance from the Japanese stud.

Charlie Morton – 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 4 Hits, 3 BBs, 3 Ks. Morton’s days as rosterable are well behind him now.

J.A. Happ – 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 8 Hits, 0 BBs, 5 Ks.  The K/BB is cool, but the rest is very bleghy.  Don’t have too much faith in Happ moving forward.

Kyle Kendrick – 5.2 IP, 3 ER, 9 Hits, 0 BBs, 6 Ks. Kendrick 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.

Jesse Chavez – 6.1 IP, 4 ER, 9 Hits, 0 BBs, 4 Ks. Our Call Boy got Singled Out by Seattle, which is abummer.  Chavez hasbeen pretty disappointing as of late, but his FIP still sits at 3.09 and a solid 14.8% K-BB%.  Sounds like a guy right inside the Top 50.

Michael Lorenzen – 4.0 IP, 3 ER, 5 Hits, 2 BBs, 3 Ks. Sounds like a guy well out of the Top 50.

Dan Straily – 4.2 IP, 4 ER, 6 Hits, 3 BBs, 7 Ks. Straily returned and showed off some of his K potential, while showing a bunch of his floor as well.

Justin Masterson – 3.2 IP, 5 ER, 8 Hits, 2 BBs, 2 Ks. He’s the devil I tell you.  THE DEVIL.

Drew Hutchison – 4.2 IP, 5 ER, 10 Hits, 2 BBs, 4 Ks. It’s getting very tough to have any faith that Hutchison will turn this ship around this season.

Chi Chi Gonzalez – 1.2 IP, 6 ER, 5 Hits, 2 BBs, 1 Ks.  The regression angels are making up for lost time.

Today’s Streamers

Kendall Graveman vs. Seattle Mariners – He’s been great at limiting the ER since his return from the minors in May, and the Mariners are one of the worst offenses around.  Don’t care what happened with Chavez.

Tomorrow’s Streamer

Mike Bolsinger vs. New York Mets – He’s owned in under 50% of leagues, but should be rostered in 12 teamers.  He gets the weak Mets and will have a ball – this time with no food poisoning.

Game of the Day

Zack Greinke vs. Matt Harvey – Whoa, this is as good as they come.

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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