It’s time we talked about the pitcher that just doesn’t make sense.
Trevor Williams is an anomaly. We like to focus on peripheral numbers to get a better sense of how a pitcher is performing and Williams’ under-the-hood numbers since July 2018 paint a mediocre arm:
Trevor Williams‘ Last 17 Starts
|SIERA||Strikeout Rate||BABIP||LOB Rate||HR/FB Rate|
Yet across seventeen starts since July 11th, Williams is flaunting two ridiculous numbers:
1.60 ERA & 1.08 WHIP
Williams’ repertoire consists of a seemingly mediocre 91 mph fastball, a changeup that returns a 7% swinging-strike rate, and a slider with a career middling .260 BAA. These are pedestrian numbers for a three-pitch mix, yet 100+ frames have returned only 18 earned runs.
It doesn’t make a lick of sense and I love when something doesn’t make sense. It means there’s something interesting to talk about.
So let’s talk about it.
(Photo by Justin Berl/Icon Sportswire)