Two Shades Of Gray

In all of the Roundups I’ve written at both Pitcher GIFs and Pitcher List, I don’t believe I have once led with a Colorado pitcher.  What’s the point?  They pitch...

In all of the Roundups I’ve written at both Pitcher GIFs and Pitcher List, I don’t believe I have once led with a Colorado pitcher.  What’s the point?  They pitch half their games in Coors and none had the upside to become a reliable stream outside of their home field.  Well, that may change with Jon Gray who went 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 Hits, 2 BBs, 5 Ks last night in San Francisco.  He’s only started four games this year, but his two in Coors were horrible, while his two on the road were great.  It’s a very small sample size and I’m not putting much stock at all, but I can conceive of Gray as a streamer outside of Colorado.  I don’t think it’s enough to warrant a full on roster spot, though.

Let’s see what every other SP did yesterday:

Tom Koehler – 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 Hits, 2 BBs, 8 Ks. There are flashes of brilliance that are as flashy as my DSLR camera.  That makes, like, no sense.  Don’t pick up Koehler, okay?  Okay. 

Ian Kennedy – 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 Hits, 2 BBs, 6 Ks. He’s still rolling but that 3.98 SIERA is going to bite him.

Chris Sale – 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 Hits, 1 BBs, 9 Ks.  Aces gonna ace. 

David Price – 4.2 IP, 6 ER, 7 Hits, 3 BBs, 4 Ks. What on earth is going on with Price? This was the second straight start he’s blown up – both against the Yankees – and while it’s easy to say “oh his xFIP is under 3.00 and his K/BB numbers are astounding”, that can easily be thrown off by, oh I don’t know, a 14 K, 8.0 IP performance.  I’m pretty worried and I think there is more here than just bad luck, maybe like a 41.2% hard hit rate.  Jeez that’s more brutal than Opeth.  I think he’ll pick it up, obviously, and his second half will probably feature his primetime self.

Johnny Cueto – 8.1 IP, 0 ER, 8 Hits, 1 BBs, 3 Ks.  Fine, FINE.  I’ll raise Cueto around #20 tomorrow.  You happy?  I really think I’m going to get burned by it, but he’s producing and this was against the Rockies.

Nathan Eovaldi – 8.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 Hits, 0 BBs, 6 Ks. Wait a second.  8.84 K/9, 1.91 BB/9, 3.10 xFIP (3.11 SIERA), 55.5% GB rate?  This is Eovaldi we’re talking about right?  Here’s the one stat that many will overlook:  35.5% Hard hit rate, with just 16.4% Soft contact.  Eovaldi isn’t deceptive with his heater, which means batters are able to make contact on a 97+ Fastball often –> hard hit balls.  Throw in the fact that his Slider is pretty meh and he’s relying on his Splitter to get Whiffs that currently holds a 50% HR/FB rate.  That’s not all bad luck, more that he struggles to harness the pitch like he needs to.  I don’t want to buy into him for the full season, yet I need to acknowledge that he’s a better asset than I’ve been giving him credit for.

Nate Karns – 6.1 IP, 1 ER, 6 Hits, 2 BBs, 9 Ks. Oh Karns, you’re starting to get me excited about you again.  And you get the Halos next?  Yes please.

Rich Hill – 5.2 IP, 1 ER, 2 Hits, 3 BBs, 5 Ks. This is a little boring one way or another when it comes to Hill, and there’s no reason to alter course.

Clayton Kershaw – 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 8 Hits, 0 BBs, 10 Ks.  Aces gonna ace.

Ubaldo Jimenez – 8.0 IP, 2 ER, 9 Hits, 1 BBs, 6 Ks. Be careful ya’ll, this is a deadly trap.

Dallas Keuchel – 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 8 Hits, 1 BBs, 8 Ks.  Look at Keuchel stepping it up.  Will it stick?  Ehhh, not sold yet.  His movement across the board isn’t matching up right with last year even in this game, but it’s great to see just one walk.

Jered Weaver – 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 6 Hits, 0 BBs, 5 Ks. Oh stop it Weaver.  You still have a lower K rate than your xFIP.  Shudders.

Jake Odorizzi – 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 Hits, 1 BBs, 4 Ks. I’m worried about his 6.0% HR/FB, but he’s able to keep it below average and he’s cruising right now.

R.A. Dickey – 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 Hits, 1 BBs, 3 Ks.  Dickey told me it was Father’s day today.  Don’t trust a knuckleballer.

Shelby Miller – 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 Hits, 2 BBs, 1 Ks. You’re going to have to do a lot better than this to get back on The List, Miller.

Julio Teheran – 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 Hits, 2 BBs, 5 Ks. Yet another productive outing for Teheran.  He gets the Royals next, which could bring some issues.  I’m slightly intrigued, which I can’t believe I just typed.

Bartolo Colon – 6.2 IP, 3 ER, 6 Hits, 1 BBs, 5 Ks. Great stream and all, but the more important story is that The Big Apple hit A FREAKIN’ HR.  Unbelievable and one of the greatest things I have ever seen.  Great call by Gary Cohen as well.

Adam Wainwright – 6.1 IP, 3 ER, 7 Hits, 0 BBs, 5 Ks. Blegh.  It’s possible Waino turns it around still, but he is certainly droppable.

Jeff Locke – 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 4 Hits, 2 BBs, 1 Ks.  This actually matters to your fantasy teams, because the longer Locke isn’t his normal horrible self, the longer it may be to see our buddies Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow.  Come on Locke, do something good for us just once!

James Shields – 6.0 IP, 4 ER, 5 Hits, 5 BBs, 8 Ks.  Is Shields still on your roster?  Why?  When a guy gives up a 2 run shot to Bartolo, it makes you seriously question these things.  Also his horrific 4.48 xFIP and 4.00 BB/9 while holding a sub 7.00 K/9 will do that.

Jason Hammel – 5.0 IP, 3 ER, 4 Hits, 4 BBs, 3 Ks. This is really belghy from Hammel.  He may be like this often in the second half, but I see him being a solid member of squad in the first half despite this outing.

Jeremy Hellickson – 5.1 IP, 3 ER, 8 Hits, 1 BBs, 4 Ks. The Devil wasn’t so harsh today, don’t let it lure you into a false sense of security.  You know, like those goons in ever action film.  Why does the villain even pay them?  They faint after one slap to their shoulder.

Cody Anderson – 5.0 IP, 4 ER, 6 Hits, 1 BBs, 2 Ks. Nope.  Nopenopenope.  Why are you saying “open” a lot? Can’t…not…see it…

Brandon Finnegan – 5.0 IP, 3 ER, 7 Hits, 0 BBs, 1 Ks. Our Call Boy wasn’t terrible, but this isn’t what you wanted.  I think it’s time to let Finnegan cook in the oven for a while.  That sounds really bad, but I’m thinking of him like a batch of brownies.  I know it’s better when they are fudgy, but we have to at least make sure it’s a cohesive brownie first.

A.J. Griffin – 2.2 IP, 3 ER, 4 Hits, 3 BBs, 2 Ks. Griffin left this game with a “stiff shoulder”.  Ho boy, that doesn’t sound good in any way you put it, unless their is new slang kids are using these days.

Mike Pelfrey – 5.0 IP, 5 ER, 7 Hits, 0 BBs, 3 Ks. Has Pelfrey had a productive outing all year?  Checks game log.  Nope.

Gio Gonzalez – 5.2 IP, 5 ER, 7 Hits, 1 BBs, 2 Ks.  Come on Gio, stop being like this.

Ervin Santana – 3.1 IP, 3 ER, 7 Hits, 3 BBs, 4 Ks. Santana has some upside, though it is met with outings like this that make you question is you are a masochist.

Jimmy Nelson – 5.0 IP, 5 ER, 8 Hits, 1 BBs, 5 Ks. One day, maybe, Nelson will actually express his upside.  He’s like baby PEAS.

Jesse Hahn – 5.1 IP, 4 ER, 8 Hits, 4 BBs, 0 Ks. Four walks?  Jeez Hahn, here I was as an undecided vote and you’ve just Lewinsky’d yourself.

Mike Wright – 5.0 IP, 5 ER, 10 Hits, 2 BBs, 3 Ks.  No one thought starting Mike was the right move, Wright?

Today’s Streamers

Tyler Duffey vs. Chicago White Sox – It’s actually happening today after getting pushed back. Finally I can stream him and his luscious deuce.

Tomorrow’s Streamer

Jon Niese vs. Cincinnati Reds Very little choices here and Niese used to be a decent option when he was a Met.  He gets one of the worst offenses around and it’s possible he has a good start in him.

Game of the Day

Matt Harvey vs. San Diego Padres – If there is a matchup that can get Harvey back on the right track, it’s this one.

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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