Pushed To The Max

What a way to end the season for Max Scherzer as he no-hit the Mets with a line of 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 Hits, 0 BBs, 17 Ks. It’s...

What a way to end the season for Max Scherzer as he no-hit the Mets with a line of 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 Hits, 0 BBs, 17 Ks. It’s the second best Gamescore of all time at 104, just one behind Kerry Wood’s famous 20 strikeout afternoon. Just a Yunel Esocbar throwing error prevented a perfect game, making this outing eerily similar to 15 K game last year. Anyway, Scherzer has bounced around the rankings this year, starting at #6, then jumping up to #2 before a tumultuous middle of the season had him falling again. Given his last surge and adjustment, I see him in the Top 5 for next season, despite his probable ~3.00 ERA. The NL Easy is just too much of a feast for Scherzer.

Let’s see what every other SP did yesterday:


Corey Kluber – 8.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 Hits, 2 BBs, 9 Ks. So a 3.49 ERA isn’t what you were hoping for from Kluber, but every under the hood predictor indicated a 3.00 ERA was expected. When you realize that he averaged about 7 innings a game with a near 10 K/9 and a small 1.82 BB/9, then you have to think that Kluber is Top 5 again next year despite all of his swings through the year. VPR may have a different story, but I’m slotting him in there in next week’s 2016 preview.

Kyle Hendricks – 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 Hits, 0 BBs, 8 Ks. Our Call Boy had a pretty pretty, preeee-tttaaay good game to close out a bumpy season. I’m liking Hendricks as a steady streamer next season and to help at the backend of a deep 12 teamer.

Noah Syndergaard – 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 Hits, 1 BBs, 10 Ks. Yes I absolutely love Thor heading into next season. I’m tempted to place him in the Top 15 and I have a feeling he’ll be a Top 10 guy by the end of next year. Crazy, I know.

Zack Greinke – 8.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 Hits, 1 BBs, 8 Ks. So much for relinquishing his ERA title to Arrieta. Will it be enough to win the Cy Young? Who cares, this is fantasy, not real life. Sheesh.

Yordano Ventura – 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 Hits, 3 BBs, 11 Ks. I watched the first few innings of this game and oh my he was looking as good as I’ve ever seen him. I don’t care how inconsistent he is and that I won’t have him on any team because of his lack of maturation. I love him and I always will.

Matt Harvey – 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 Hits, 0 BBs, 11 Ks. About 190 innings of nearly a K per inning and a sub 3.00 ERA with just a 1.76 BB/9. That’s a top 10 SP.

Gio Gonzalez – 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 Hits, 3 BBs, 7 Ks. A 3.79 ERA and 3.54 BB/9 is all you need to know about Gio. Yes, I know it was a 3.05 FIP and 3.59 xFIP, but his SIERRA sits at 3.78. BOOM.

Marco Estrada – 6.2 IP, 2 ER, 3 Hits, 0 BBs, 9 Ks. Wow, I really didn’t think Estrada had it in him to strikeout nine guys in a game as it was only his third start all season with more than 6 Ks. His absurd 3.13 ERA is laughable in the face of his 4.94 xFIP and 4.64 SIERRA. This paired with Estrada poor K upside will make Estrada one of the most overrated guys in next year’s drafts.

Brandon Finnegan – 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 Hits, 2 BBs, 6 Ks. There is K upside if Brandon stays in the rotation next season, but he’ll have to address his walk rate if he wants to be very relevant.

Collin McHugh – 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 6 Hits, 1 BBs, 6 Ks. Where to place McHugh for next season…I honestly have no idea right now. Most likely just inside Top 50, but there’s a chance I fall in love against and put him Top 40. His Curve is just so seductive. Look at the hump on that one…

Robbie Erlin – 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 Hits, 0 BBs, 4 Ks. Pitcher List is an equal opportunity company who does not discriminate against any pitcher. So I’ll give Erlin a fair assessment. Low K rate…4.76 ERA…90 MPH Fastball…I just don’t think you’re cut for the job.

Justin Verlander – 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 Hits, 1 BBs, 9 Ks. Is Verlander primed for a Top 30 season next year? I don’t really see it. I can’t believe he’s going to be peak JV again next year. I may be eating those words and who knows what happens over the winter, but I just can’t buy it.

Luis Severino – 7.0 IP, 3 ER, 5 Hits, 0 BBs, 6 Ks. I like Severino for 2016, just without the same upside that guys like Matz, Stroman, EDU, and Thor hold. He does hold a better floor than EDU, though.

Tommy Milone – 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 6 Hits, 2 BBs, 5 Ks. Nope. Not even gonna

Justin Nicolino – 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 Hits, 0 BBs, 2 Ks. Gazing into the crystal ball…Ahhhh Justin! Yes…yes of course…He’ll perform well for the Tigers next year…No no no, what about Nicolino? Who?

A.J. Burnett – 6.2 IP, 3 ER, 5 Hits, 4 BBs, 9 Ks. Solid Ks, but Burnett really hasn’t been at the next level that we saw in the first half. Doesn’t really matter as he’s retiring now. It’s been a pleasure discussing you, Burnett. Now go kiss your wife and enjoy yer life.

Wei-Yin Chen – 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 Hits, 3 BBs, 3 Ks. Not a bad streaming choice, and he did fine against the Yankees. I’ll like him again next year as a steady streamer.

Erik Johnson – 6.1 IP, 2 ER, 5 Hits, 3 BBs, 4 Ks. I think 2016 will show Johnson as a Toby. Not much more, and I wouldn’t be drafting him, but I foresee a decent stream here and there for the ChiSox youngin.

Jake Peavy – 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 Hits, 1 BBs, 2 Ks. Peavy has done much better in the final weeks of the season, but I’m not too happy with him for next year.

Tyler Wagner – 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 7 Hits, 2 BBs, 3 Ks. He was tagged as a Cup of Schmo and hasn’t done anything that will remove it.

Chris Archer – 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 Hits, 1 BBs, 3 Ks. Even against a tough team like Toronto, Archer is enough of an ace to make it a worthy start.

Ubaldo Jimenez – 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 5 Hits, 3 BBs, 7 Ks. He was a stream for those desperate for upside this weekend

Craig Breslow – 5.1 IP, 2 ER, 5 Hits, 0 BBs, 2 Ks. He’s going to be in the bullpen – not rotation – for the Sox next year. Womp womp.

Chris Rusin – 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 5 Hits, 2 BBs, 4 Ks. Rusin 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.

Sean Nolin – 5.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 Hits, 1 BBs, 2 Ks. I don’t know who this is. Ahhh I’m just kidding, you’re cool buddy. Not cool enough to come close to rostering you, but you know.

Jeremy Hellickson – 5.0 IP, 3 ER, 7 Hits, 0 BBs, 3 Ks. Blegh I still don’t like you.

Hector Santiago – 4.0 IP, 3 ER, 5 Hits, 1 BBs, 5 Ks. Thus concludes the full regression of Santiago after his stupidly good first half. Don’t be fooled for next year.

Aaron Harang – 5.2 IP, 3 ER, 8 Hits, 1 BBs, 2 Ks. HARRRAANNNG.

Tom Koehler – 5.0 IP, 4 ER, 6 Hits, 4 BBs, 5 Ks. Even with the solid matchup, Koehler isn’t good enough to take advantage consistently.

Colby Lewis – 4.0 IP, 5 ER, 6 Hits, 0 BBs, 4 Ks. I feel like some people have a soft spot for Lewis. Fortunately I am not one of them.

Ivan Nova – 5.2 IP, 5 ER, 8 Hits, 3 BBs, 4 Ks. I know you’ve heard this before, but Nova has upside that will be realized at some point. I wouldn’t invest in it happening earlier next year, but I’ll be watching him through the year.

Roenis Elias – 2.0 IP, 4 ER, 7 Hits, 3 BBs, 0 Ks. Too low of a floor to have any faith in him next year.

Alec Asher – 2.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 Hits, 0 BBs, 1 Ks. Asher is not fantasy relevant. Let’s talk in January and I’ll see if you can even remember his first name.

Today’s Streamer

Rick Porcello vs. Cleveland Indians – It’s the final day of the season, making this the final stream pick of mine for the year. It’s a toss-up between Robbie Ray and Porcello, but I’m leaning Porcello’s upside if you’re searching for a Hail Mary to take over the lead at the last moment to win your championship.

Tomorrow’s Streamer

NONE – Unless there is a game 163 with the Angels and Astros, there will be no baseball on Monday. I know guys. I know.

Game of the Day

Clayton Kershaw vs. San Diego PadresThis is only if you love great pitching. If you enjoy baseball as a whole, you should be flipping between the Angels and Astros games. Fun exciting stuff happening there.

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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