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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL TREND OR MIRAGE: NICK PIVETTA SP PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

The Philadelphia Phillies are still in the stages of a massive rebuild that began when they phased out former All-Star but aging veterans Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz, and company but they have tried their best to reinforce their rotation with home-grown or young pitchers who can lead them back to prominence.  While there have been some sizable busts in that effort, it seems like the team has found a gem in the form of Nick Pivetta who is off to a smashing start to the 2018 season.  The former 2013 fourth-round pick now stands with the following eye-opening numbers after his first four turns through the rotation:

1-0
2.49 ERA
0.97 WHIP\
8.72 K/9

Clearly, the ERA and K/9 rates stand out right away and Pivetta has the added bonus of being a young and hard-throwing pitcher in the NL and not the tougher AL.  So are the numbers legit and can Pivetta be a guy we can throw out there every time his turn in the rotation arrives? Let's dig in a bit more and find out.

Looking back at the history here, Pivetta has been a strong strikeout guy in his minor league tenure such as in 2017 when he was at 10.41 before summoned to the Phils where he struggled badly (6.02 ERA).  With an average fastball of 94.7 the last season-plus in Philly, it is easy to see that Pivetta is an adept strikeout artist which of course plays well in fantasy baseball.  Even better it was that Pivetta has yet to give up a home run and that is especially crucial when you all the launch pad in Philadelphia home.  The walks do tend to come and go here (mostly go so far with a 1.00 BB/9) but Pivetta has really been impressive so far with sustainable advanced indicators.

So when you add it all up, it looks like Pivetta can continue to be a guy who can be of service to you in fantasy baseball and I would sign off on liberal usage until things turn for the worse.

TREND OR MIRAGE:  TREND


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