Step Right Up And Beat The Mets

I normally don’t talk about teams in the headliner, but this is getting out of hand.  Before tonight’s terrific outing from Adam Conley of 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 Hits, 1 BBs, 9 Ks, the...

I normally don’t talk about teams in the headliner, but this is getting out of hand.  Before tonight’s terrific outing from Adam Conley of 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 Hits, 1 BBs, 9 Ks, the Mets held a MLB worst .062 ISO and a .247 wOBA – both over 20 points lower than the next team and it’s sure to be a wider gap when I see the numbers tomorrow.  Yes I know they actually won this game, but when guys like Conley (who actually holds deep sleeper value but should be mostly ignored in 12 teamers) are looking like Kershaw, you best be inviting pitchers to step right up and beat the Mets. Head for the stream like you’re in the second half of your salmon lives.

Let’s see what every other SP did yesterday:

Jerad Eickhoff – 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 Hits, 0 BBs, 9 Ks. Every day is a beach when you’re with The Hoff.  Way to be an awesome Call-Boy, and I’m sure Eickhoff will be again many times in the future.

Carlos Carrasco – 8.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 Hits, 1 BBs, 8 Ks. Aces gonna ace.  He was so close to the CGSHO as he juuust missed an inning ending double play to complete the 8th with fewer than 90 pitches.  This is the Carrasco we’ve been waiting for, and I’m excited to think it will be around for a while.

Matt Shoemaker – 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 Hits, 3 BBs, 5 Ks.  I don’t trust Shoemaker moving forward as you saw how much he tanks against a respectable lineup.  Oakland isn’t too far off from the Mets, you know.  They are like 3,000 miles apart.  In their lack of offense, dude.  Why do I even let you sleep on my couch.  You need to get pillows.  You need to get a job.  Noted.

Drew Smyly – 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 Hits, 1 BBs, 11 Ks.  He looked freakin’ amazing outside of one iffy frame.  Here’s to hoping you didn’t freak out too much after his last start, and I hope you were on board when I put him at #32 on The List in the pre-season.  You best believe in him now.

Tanner Roark – 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 Hits, 3 BBs, 4 Ks. Roark was in place of Strasburg who got a sudden illness and is aiming to start tomorrow instead (Petit will get the ball if not).  That meant Roark had to step up and perform overall solid numbers despite being so dang boring.  Don’t care that this is goose egg ERA and 1.00 WHIP.  I don’t want nothing to do with him.

Logan Verrett – 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 Hits, 2 BBs, 6 Ks. Verrett actually has some upside as a streamer when he gets opportunities against NL Easy teams.  Problem is that he needs more Mets injuries to even get a chance in the rotation.  But in the meantime don’t go crazy and start him against someone like the Giants though.  That wouldn’t be smart.

Carlos Rodon – 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 Hits, 5 BBs, 6 Ks.  Here I was, all prepared to endorse you after tonight and you give me five walks.  FIVE walks!  With so many BBs, don’t you know you’ll shoot your eye out, kid?  By the end of the year I can see myself sticking him in the Top 30 given he’s a young kid who could improve steadily given more innings, but it’s getting tougher with every start to believe it’s coming.  He just won’t last long enough in games to express his K/9 and provide the same ERA/WHIP value as other solid options.

Colin Rea – 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 Hits, 2 BBs, 5 Ks. To use a classic: Is this Rea life?  Nope, just fantasy.

Yordano Ventura – 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 Hits, 3 BBs, 6 Ks. I’ll take this from Ventura, though the walks still make me cautious.

Alex Wood – 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 Hits, 3 BBs, 3 Ks. It was fun, but this fails to give me any sort of desire to spend more time with Wood.  That sentence sounds like someone who’s sexually curious detailing their night with a man.

Shane Greene – 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 Hits, 3 BBs, 7 Ks.  Is this the resurrection of Mr. Greene?  Nah, he’s still in the Study.  With the Candlestick because it’s freaking dark in there.  On the real, I wouldn’t risk going down this path again.  Not after what happened last year…What happened last year? Terrible things.  Terrible things.

Taijuan Walker – 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 Hits, 2 BBs, 4 Ks. I watched a bit of his outing and I’m still convinced that he will not feature the command or overall stuff to become a Top 40 arm.  Womp womp.

Ryan Vogelsong – 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 Hits, 0 BBs, 5 Ks. I like how he did well for five innings, then said “nope, not pushing my luck” and escaped after throwing just 66 pitches before the Tigers demolished reliever Arquimedes Caminero.  If only we could all do that in our jobs.

Chase Anderson – 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 Hits, 2 BBs, 4 Ks. Anderson could prove to hold some value in Milwaukee, but first he’ll have to strikeout some more batters like we know he can.

John Lackey – 6.2 IP, 2 ER, 6 Hits, 3 BBs, 7 Ks. That’s more like it, just stop walking guys and we cool.

Scott Feldman – 6.1 IP, 0 ER, 7 Hits, 1 BBs, 4 Ks. Feldman Schmeldman.

Michael Pineda – 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 Hits, 3 BBs, 6 Ks. After allowing a three bombs a week ago, sitting Pineda seemed like the right thing to do in Toronto.  I’m pretty impressed with this outing, and you should feel good rolling with him for the foreseeable future as he gets Oakland (sweet) and Tampa Bay (double sweet) next.

J.A. Happ – 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 7 Hits, 3 BBs, 4 Ks. Blegh, but this is what Happ does.  He’s a Toby alright.

A.J. Griffin – 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 Hits, 4 BBs, 5 Ks. I’m.

Matt Wisler – 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 4 Hits, 1 BBs, 4 Ks. So.

Rubby De La Rosa – 4.2 IP, 2 ER, 5 Hits, 1 BBs, 3 Ks. Bored. I had a better time reading last week’s local paper from Allardt, Tennessee. Gotta check out those Northrup Falls.  Totally didn’t look any of the up.

Phil Hughes – 6.1 IP, 3 ER, 7 Hits, 0 BBs, 7 Ks.  If you started Hughes, you’re dang happy with this.

Joe Kelly – 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 7 Hits, 5 BBs, 6 Ks.  Wow, that “Cy Young Stuff” is really coming in handy.

Eric Surkamp – 4.2 IP, 2 ER, 5 Hits, 4 BBs, 1 Ks. Surkamp will have GIFs added to the database tomorrow among many others (woot!), and what it will tell you is that he has a solid hook that can miss bats, but everything else is a whack attack and his command is shaky.

Mike Leake – 6.0 IP, 4 ER, 8 Hits, 1 BBs, 6 Ks.  Still high on Leake?  Good, me neither.

Ubaldo Jimenez – 5.0 IP, 4 ER, 6 Hits, 4 BBs, 5 Ks.  And the ride has come to an end.  Let’s be real though, this ride was as exciting as the 10th time you went on the Haunted House ride at Disneyland.

Jordan Lyles – 4.2 IP, 5 ER, 6 Hits, 2 BBs, 1 Ks. Lyles 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.

Alfredo Simon – 0.2 IP, 5 ER, 4 Hits, 3 BBs, 1 Ks. This is the kind of Alfredo you get at the random 24/7 Diner off 495 where you ask about what the Fish of the day is and 65-year-old waitress Carol responds “you don’t want the fish.”  No you do not.

Jake Peavy – 4.0 IP, 6 ER, 11 Hits, 1 BBs, 5 Ks.  I think Cueto and Shark are rubbing onto Peavy.  Is that a good or bad thing?  What do you think.  Bad?  Bad.  K.

Today’s Streamer

Vince Velasquez vs. San Diego Padres The K upside is real and the Padres offense is real bad.

Drew Pomeranz vs. Philadelphia Phillies – If Vince is taken and you need a guy bad, you might as well look in the opposite dugout as Pom-Pom has the capability to take advantage of the Phils.

Tomorrow’s Streamer

Joe Ross vs. Philadelphia Phillies – I’m kinda cheating because anyone who reads this A) knows I’m in love with Ross and already has him if he’s on the wire B) he’s owned in about 48% of ESPN leagues.  But whatever, go start him everywhere you can.

Bartolo Colon vs. Cleveland Indians – Fine, I’ll give another option because that wasn’t fair. Colon can fight through outings well and the Indians aren’t looking so hot lately.

Game of the Day

Chris Archer vs. Danny Salazar – Just like yesterday’s Carrasco v Smyly, this should be a fun game of dominance.

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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