Monday, April 4, 2016


Francisco Liriano:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 5 BB 10 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Since escaping the American League and ending up in Pittsburgh, Francisco Liriano's season ERA's have read:  3.02, 3.38, and 3.38.  Based on the trends, Liriano should be in line for another strong SP 2 campaign.  What is real comical is that this is a typical Liriano start in that he gives up few hits, walks the ballpark, and strikes out a ton of hitters. 

Adam Wainwright:  6 IP 6 H 3 ER 3 BB 3 K with an ERA of 4.50.  We have seen railing against Wainwright the last few years and for good reason.  Not only is Wainwright aging but he is losing a major chunk of his K's as his fastball is leaking velocity due to his extremely high inning totals since coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery.  We avoided Wainwright like the plague in drafts this season and now in our opinion is nothing more than an SP 3. 

Chris Archer:  5 IP 5 H 2 ER 3 BB 12 K with an ERA of 1.60.  Archer was a bit on the wild side with just 66 strikes in 107 innings pitched but you get that from time to time due to the fact the guy's power stuff moves so much.  Archer is already on his way toward showing his monster 252-K 2015 breakout is legit and he could challenge Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer for the MLB strikeout crown. 

Marcus Stroman:  8 IP 6 H 3 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.38.  Stroman stayed an inning too long as 2 of the 3 earned runs came in the eighth but prior to this the kid was completely in control.  Stroman won't walk anyone, has a solid K Rate, and FIVE pitches that make planning for him a major chore.  I would not be surprised in the least if Stroman has ace-numbers with a bit of a lower K rate like Sonny Gray compared to a Chris Sale. 

Troy Tulowitzki:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .333.  Already a good sign here as Tulo's power was way down last season as he was coming back from major hip surgery.  We all now health is paramount here and always dicey but the early retunrs are promising that Tulo's power could be back in full force. 

Roberto Osuna:  scoreless ninth for his first save.  Osuna struck out two and gave up just one hit as he so far validated John Gibbon's decision to go with him over Drew Storen.  I liked Osuna going back to the start of last season in predicting he would be the best option to close and nothing he has done since has me doubting that thinking. 

Corey Dickerson:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .250.  Nice that the home run came at home in Tampa Bay as the big question mark here is that Dickerson's numbers will crater in the power department in moving away from Coors Field.  There is no doubt the average, RBI, and home runs will drop but maybe not as much as we might think. 

Matt Harvey:  5.2 IP 8 H 3 ER 2 BB 2 K with an ERA of 4.76.  The Royals are such a pain in the ass to pitch against due to the fact they don't strike out and work you to death.  Also Harvey could have been a bit off his game coming off a tough last week where we was dealing with a clot in his bladder.  No worries here.

Edinson Volquez:  6 IP 2 H 0 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 0.00.  About the only thing Volquez did wrong was wear the wrong baseball cap.  By now it is easy to see over the last three seasons Volquez has traded K's for better control and it is working.  Solid SP 3. 


  1. only 3 ER for Harvey... thanks to cespedes

    1. Yes when you type this at 5 AM some typos happen. ;)

    2. Yes when you type this at 5 AM some typos happen. ;)