Monday, April 16, 2018


Chris Sale:  5 IP 2 H 1 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 1.23.  The bigger shock would be if Sale ever gave up just 3 earned runs in any one start.

Starling Marte:  5/5 with his third HR while hitting .305.  Nothing like a 5-for-5 day to stop a cold streak in its place.  Hopefully, he did it clean.

Ivan Nova:  6.2 IP 6 H 3 ER 0 BB 9 K with an ERA of 4.88.  Nothing like facing the Miami Marlins to reverse an early season slump.  In Nova's defense though, his 1.17 WHIP shows he should be getting better results then he has been to this point in the season.

Stephen Strasburg:  6 IP 4 H 4 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.08.  One bad pitch marred an otherwise terrific outing.

Matt Albers:  1 ER in .2 IP with an ERA of and ERA of 2.16.  Albers has not pitched well since ascending to closer while Josh Hader is literally striking out everyone.

Noah Syndergaard:  5.1 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 11 K with an ERA of 2.95.  Thor is still not pitching deep into games but boy those strikeouts.  Also, no issue with blisters in this game.

DJ LeMahieu:  1/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .309.  I guess LeMahieu did the Scooter Gennett workout this past winter.

Charlie Blackmon:  2/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .298.  Blackmon has reached that hallowed level where he is so consistently great that he is boring to talk about.

Ian Desmond:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .190.  Ho-hum.

Trea Turner:  0/2 while hitting .203.  I wonder if those who own Turner still feel comfortable using that first round pick on him.

Bryce Harper:  1/2 with his 7th HR while hitting .300.  Take that Mike Trout.

Billy Hamilton:  1/5 with his first HR while hitting .170.  Who cares.

Carlos Martinez:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 4 BB 11 K with an ERA of 1.75.  Martinez is locked in right now and dominating like I haven't seen from him in awhile.  Even in this one though, the walks were ugly.

Zack Godley:  4 IP 5 H 5 ER 6 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.00.  I know Godley was due for a bad outing but he didn't have to go the extra mile there.

Jed Lowrie:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .348.  Sorry not buying into an aging veteran's sudden burst of stardom.

Sean Manaea:  7 IP 2 H 1 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 1.63.  The K rate is a bit lighter than you would like it but there is no denying that Manaea is off to by far the best start of his career.  Remember that Manaea has been on the sleeper radar for a few seasons now despite the disappointment leading into 2017.  Could be legit.

Clayton Kershaw:  7 IP 2 H 1 ER 0 BB 12 K with an ERA of 1.73.  This is Kershaw telling all of us not to go too crazy about Max Scherzer and Chris Sale.

Justin Verlander:  8 IP 1 H 1 ER 1 BB 11 K with an ERA of 1.35.  Best pitched game I have seen in quite some time on both sides. In terms of Verlander, the guy is simply amazing and he clearly has a bunch of gas left in the tank.

Bartolo Colon:  7.2 IP 1 H 1 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 1.45.  Here is hoping this guy never goes away in any way, shape, or form. 

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