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Notable starts this week from Stephen Strasburg, Dallas Keuchel and Anthony DeSclafani
It’s a short week in the sense of taking notes, as the extended All-Star break left me with just a couple of days that bookended the time off from regular baseball. There was still plenty of intrigue, from one man’s quest for hardware to another man’s attempts to justify hardware already won, as well as a staff ace who missed the first couple months of the season. Let’s get to the notes.
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Notable pitching performances this week from Drew Pomeranz, Jake Arrieta and MIchael Fulmer.
Insight on a strong Cleveland starter, a struggling Cardinals reliever and an enigmatic pitcher in the Bronx. Notable performances this week from Trevor Bauer, Corey Kluber and Wei-Yin Chen.
There’s no time to waste, as the commander has ordered double-time for this week’s pitching notes. Permission to come aboard.
Kluber has been going through this rigmarole for a year and a half. Perhaps he was fortunate to string together so many dominant starts during his Cy-winning campaign of 2014, but Kluber continues to confound, with a glaring tendency toward disaster starts throughout the past two seasons. The peripherals far surpass the numbers—he has a K/BB ratio of 5.2 over the past season and a half but just a 3.52 ERA to show for his work—and his excellent stuff combined with A-grade mechanics provide a steady basis for command and consistency. Yet he gets bombarded by hits and runs every few starts, and his past two turns serve as exhibits 1A and 1B. ERA Read the full article... Notable pitching performances this year from Chris Sale, Matt Shoemaker and CC Sabathia.
Sale altered his approach this season, aiming for more efficient at-bats by trimming the strikeouts and gunning for weak contact early in the count. Everything was going swimmingly for the first two months of his new style. Sale posted a 1.58 through his first nine starts with just 39 hits allowed and a modest 62 strikeouts against 10 walks in 68 1/3 innings, while averaging a robust 7.6 innings per turn, including three complete games. He then coughed up six runs in just 3 1/3 frames against the Indians, and though he has exceeded six innings in each of the four starts since, he has also given up three or more runs in each of his last three turns. ERA
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Three prep arms and a TJ recoveree make up the next crop of pitchers taken in last week's draft.
Ian Anderson, Riley Pint and A.J. Puk went first among arms last Thursday. How do they grade out? Standout pitching performances this week, including Zack Greinke, Francisco Liriano and Adam Wainwright.
The past week to 10 days has seen a return to past glory for a pair of veteran right-handed, with both
and Zack Greinke providing optimism that their respective seasons can be salvaged. A veteran southpaw has not been so lucky, and though Adam Wainwright ’s last two starts came in week nine of the season (he was skipped this past week), he is scheduled to pitch today and all eyes will be on his performance and any potential adjustments that he makes. Francisco Liriano
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Standout performances this week from Yu Darvish, Carlos Martinez and Aaron Nola.
The box score won't tell you this, but Julio Urias justified the hype in his debut.
The Mets have another ace on their hands, while the Astros' fireballers show both promise and risk. How do we recalibrate our reliance on the radar gun for modern-day pitching evaluation?
A month ago, I was
lamenting the modern development of today's pitchers, and a theme that was central to my position was that the present-day obsession with the radar gun has created an unhealthy paradigm shift in the ways that pitchers are bred, developed, and used at the highest level. I then spent the past couple weeks combing through the group of pitchers who have lost the most velocity, highlighting their radar-gun readings and the excellent resources at Brooks Baseball to better understand the trials and tribulations of some of the game's biggest hurlers.
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