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Sean Manaea Oakland Athletics

Against the Red Sox? The Red Sox?? N0 WAY!!!

Alex Patton Alex
Lucas Giolito Chicago White Sox

With his problems added to the Shields problems, is it possible Kopech gets a call soon?

bill fries diehard
Bryce Harper Washington Nationals

BABIP is a misnomer because HRs are hits. Real hits are excluded from the stat. The best thing a hitter can do doesn't count. I know, it's meant to measure luck. It's still absurd.

Gene McCaffrey GeneM
Kendall Graveman Oakland Athletics

After 1st 5 starts all 3 evils have conspired against him.

.373 BABIP

29.2% HR/Fly

51.6% strand rate

Let's see what the second 5 start block holds.

van wilhoite LVW
Michael Fiers Detroit Tigers

Pitching to contact: 5.1 IP tonight, nary a strikeout. Twenty-five of his pitches were put in play, 11 were fouled off, seven were swung at and missed. If the batter elected to swing at a Fiers offering, the odds were much better than 50-50 that it would be put in play,

But the batters were the Royals, who managed nine singles and a double, and when Fiers exited he had a 6-4 lead that stretched to 12-4.

Danny Duffy, the opposing pitcher, struck out two batters in 4.2 IP. By comparison, he was Sandy Koufax, no?

No. Twenty-three of his pitches were put in play, 20 were fouled off, and a grand total of five were swung at and missed.

A succession of relievers (five Royals, two Tigers) did a little better, and when it was all over batters on both sides had swung at and missed 19 pitches (out of 297 that were thrown). Five players fanned (four Tigers, one Royal). A game that featured 16 runs, 27 hits and nine walks was over in 3:04.

Alex Patton Alex
Sean Manaea Oakland Athletics

If you had him in the First No hitter of the Year pool.....you're a WINNER.

van wilhoite LVW
Jonathan Gray Colorado Rockies

The 3/1 K/W, sub 3 BB/9, .372 BABIP, and  58.4% strand rate says he'll turn it around. The LD%, drop in GB%, and drop in K/27 batters faced says he might not so much.

van wilhoite LVW

5 starts.  I still believe.

John Hobbs Real-Joker
Lucas Giolito Chicago White Sox

He didn't. And his four-seamer was down to 88 in the third inning (tops was 93, 90 was average), when they came and got him after walking the first two batters on nine pitches.

It's obvious that Giolito's shell-shocked backers have to put him on ice. I would think that includes the White Sox.

Alex Patton Alex
Justin Grimm Kansas City Royals

Seems like the Royals are like the Reds---neither have a real plan of where to go from here.  At least KC has a title to show.

Mike Landau ML-
Trevor Richards Miami Marlins

Trevor Richards up from the depths. The story that Slyke links to under Mattingly:

https://sports.yahoo.com/marlins-pitchers-improbable-15-month-journey-comes-full-circle-miller-park-152530622.html

Alex Patton Alex
Lourdes Gurriel Toronto Blue Jays

And he was solid in the AFL. But the inability to draw a walk might be his downfall.

Alex Patton Alex
Jacob Nottingham Milwaukee Brewers

Two Nottinghams merged.

Alex Patton Alex
Jonathan Gray Colorado Rockies

Pitching in Coors? If you look at Gray's 2016 stat line, you can see that $6 isn't all that conservative in 4x4.

Alex Patton Alex
Lucas Giolito Chicago White Sox

Don Cooper has made two trips to the mound in the 1st inning tonight, Astros up 2- 0 in the first and still batting.

Giolito is rattled and needs to trust his stuff.

I can't stomach watching him pitch....so frustrating. No soft spots in this Astros order, but good grief, Throw strikes, Lucas. 

Keith Cromer Slyke
Gleyber Torres New York Yankees

He qualifies at SS only in my league as of now.  My shortstops are packed.  I've got Escobar, Iglesias, and Diaz.  Granted, Gleyber could out play any or all of them.  But, I've got a hole at 2B where Odor had been playing.  I moved Marwin Gonzalez there and activated Ryan Rua to my OF.  I need Gleyber to get 5 games at 2B this week.  It's going to be difficult unless he's just handed the job.  I'll probably sit either Iglesias or Diaz.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jordan Hicks St. Louis Cardinals

I agree, Geoff.

Keith Cromer Slyke
Gleyber Torres New York Yankees

Having Gleyber in my home AL- Only home league and in CBS I need to make a decision to activate him this week tomorrow night.

I think I will wait a week. Patience is always a virtue.

Keith Cromer Slyke
Jordan Hicks St. Louis Cardinals

I am starting to wonder if a little AAA time isn’t in order. If he can gain command he will be a star.

GEOFF CRESAP SydThrift
Matt Harvey New York Mets

As Matt Harvey heads to middle inning irrelevance Scott Boras reviews the fine print on his 2015 insurance policy.

GEOFF CRESAP SydThrift

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