Pool Shark

A lot of people drafted Jeff Samardzija this season hoping for him to carry their team to the promise land, and Shark has put on an act of complete ineptitude...

A lot of people drafted Jeff Samardzija this season hoping for him to carry their team to the promise land, and Shark has put on an act of complete ineptitude and pure suckage. Then he suddenly went 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 Hits, 0 BBs, 6 Ks out of the blue yesterday afternoon, which he achieved in just 88 pitches. But don’t get your hopes up, it’s all a ruse. Shark is not this good. Seriously, he’s not. FIP/xFIP/ERA/SIERA whatever you want, it’s all bad. He K rate is down from last year (6.93 K/9), walk rate up (albeit, still an impressive 2.15 BB/9) and there is no reason to go into the pool, like this amazing trailer that has nothing to do with baseball but somehow accurately symbolizes Shark. Just don’t go into the pool.

Let’s see what every other SP did yesterday:


David Price – 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 Hits, 1 BBs, 7 Ks. Aces gonna ace.

Dallas Keuchel – 7.2 IP, 1 ER, 6 Hits, 1 BBs, 6 Ks. Yes. Yes they are.

John Lamb – 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 Hits, 1 BBs, 6 Ks. He’s too inconsistent to depend on down the stretch, but this makes me think that he can do something special next season if it all comes together. That’s a bigger IF than The Big Apple though.

Jonathon Niese – 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 Hits, 2 BBs, 2 Ks. Niese is so boring and doesn’t have enough cherry for his bomb, even if he does a start like this once a month.

Jaime Garcia – 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 Hits, 2 BBs, 5 Ks. There’s the steady floor we know and love Garcia for.

Erik Johnson – 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 Hits, 2 BBs, 9 Ks. Once again Johnson surprises me with a great K total. He gets the Yankees next, which I can’t say I’m a big fan about, but the Tigers should be a bit easier if he’s allowed to snag the final game of the year.

Kyle Ryan – 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 Hits, 1 BBs, 2 Ks. My parents to never trust someone with two first names. I think they just had some deep seeded hate for Dick Clark.

Randy Wolf – 7.0 IP, 3 ER, 5 Hits, 4 BBs, 6 Ks. Belgh.

Chris Archer – 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 Hits, 5 BBs, 3 Ks. Those 5 walks really hurt Archer, preventing him to get past five innings as he accumulated a 99 pitch count way ahead of schedule. Funny part of this – YES IT’S FUNNY – is that I was pretty low on Archer given this ability to walk a bunch of guys out of nowhere, but it had been essentially MIA all season. Hey Nick, don’t bring Miami into this. Haven’t they been through enough lately? Yes they have random person. Yes they have…

Eduardo Rodriguez – 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 Hits, 2 BBs, 4 Ks. Our Call Boy wasn’t horrible, but this isn’t what we were really hoping for. He’s set for two more starts, and since his IP limit was in about 10 innings or so, I imagine the Red Sox will just let the kid pitch.

Shelby Miller – 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 7 Hits, 4 BBs, 3 Ks. Still can’t get himself a Win, and that WHIP is nastier than one from a dungeon. You know what kind of dungeon…

Jason Hammel – 5.0 IP, 3 ER, 5 Hits, 1 BBs, 6 Ks. That’s a much better outing Hammel, way to take advantage of the Brew Crew.

A.J. Burnett – 5.2 IP, 2 ER, 6 Hits, 4 BBs, 5 Ks. This was the shakiest of starts left for Burnett since it was played inside of Coors. He gets the K happy Cubs followed by Cincinnati so better things could await. I’m a little uneasy believing that he’ll be anything close to his 1st half self, but there still come be value left in the tank.

Jhoulys Chacin – 5.1 IP, 2 ER, 6 Hits, 4 BBs, 3 Ks. Arizona, Colorado, it makes no difference with Chacin. You still shouldn’t be starting him.

Adam Warren – 3.1 IP, 3 ER, 5 Hits, 1 BBs, 5 Ks. He’s in the rotation and not someone I would be looking to in any scenario. Well maybe if you have a very dire need for a Win, but even so I don’t think he’s get the innings in a start to squeeze through 5 full innings since he’s coming from being a regular job in the pen.

Jered Weaver – 5.2 IP, 5 ER, 9 Hits, 2 BBs, 5 Ks. I can’t help but now think of that horrible but entertaining-because-it’s-so-bad movie Wanted that starts off its movie in the most intimidating of ways: There was once a league of assassins hidden as a fraternity of weavers…Which one is that? Kappa Nu Omicron Tau?

Jon Gray – 4.2 IP, 5 ER, 9 Hits, 1 BBs, 5 Ks. Gray 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.

Brett Anderson – 4.2 IP, 5 ER, 10 Hits, 1 BBs, 1 Ks. Our second Call Boy got Singled Out and it wasn’t pretty. It was the only start of his the rest of the way worth throwing him out there, so let him go.

Wily Peralta – 4.2 IP, 6 ER, 8 Hits, 4 BBs, 2 Ks. It’s been real tough Peralta. Worst part is that it’s not going to get much better. :(

Today’s Streamer

Logan Verrett vs. Atlanta BravesThe Braves are pretty much the best team to pitch against these days and the Mets should pull a victory against the weak Atlanta club. Throw in a guy who has surprising upside and you have yourself a solid streamer.

Tomorrow’s Streamer

Bartolo Colon vs. Atlanta BravesYep, we know the Braves are very bad and the Mets have a good shot at winning, making The Big Apple an easy stream.

Game of the Day

Jake Arrieta vs. Milwaukee BrewersI know he’s already had a no-hitter, but it’s hard not to get a little excited to see Arrieta face a poor offense and wonder…

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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