Raisel Iglesias started the year as the opening day pitcher for the Reds, but has since been moved to the bullpen, following an injury. This appears to be his future. In his 5 starts this year, Iglesias totaled 28.1 IP, and pitched to a 3.49 ERA with 29 strikeouts and seven walks. In 12.1 innings out of the pen, Raisel has allowed one earned run with 14 strikeouts. He has pitched at least two innings in five of his 6 appearances.
Drew Pomeranz has finally pitched 100 innings for the first time in his career, and has been lights out for the Padres. Despite being one of 12 qualified starters with a 10+ K/9, his BB% is one of the 10 worst. He will most likely be traded, and could wind up in a not so pitcher friendly ballpark, which could spoil an amazing run. If you own him, look to sell high!
Heating UpDavid Price got off to a rough start with the Red Sox, but in his last three starts has racked up 30 strikeouts, walking just three. If you believe in xFIP, he ranks sixth among qualified starts.
He is most likely not going to be available in your leagues, but Aaron Nola probably is and owns an xFIP below 3.00 despite his recent struggles. Go get him!
Original Post (3/22)
Stats from last season (120 IP min)
- Jake Arrieta (22) and Dallas Keuchel each won 20 games
- Zack Greinke, Collin McHugh and Gerrit Cole each won 19
- Chris Sale and Clayton Kershaw were the only pitchers with an 11 K/9
- Stephen Strasburg, Max Scherzer, Chris Archer and Carlos Carrasco each had a double-digit K/9
- Archer (2.8) and Carrasco (2.1) were the only ones to walk two batters per nine innings
- Carlos Rodon walked 4.53 batters per nine
- Trevor Bauer was the only other starter with a 4 BB/9
- Phil Hughes was the only starting pitcher to walk less than one batter per inning pitched
- Chris Rusin, Jeremy Guthrie, Matt Garza and Kyle Kendrick all allowed 1.5 batters to reach base per inning
- Zack Greinke led all starter in WHIP at 0.85 - five others were under 1.00
- James Shields and Kyle Kendrick surrendered a league high 33 home runs
- Rubby de la Rosa, Dan Haren and Ian Kennedy all allowed 30 home runs
- Jaime Garcia, Gio Gonzalez, Tyson Ross and Robbie Ray all gave up less than 10 HRs
- Marco Estrada had the best BABIP at just .220
- Zack Greinke was next at .229
- Brett Anderson induced the most ground balls at 66.3%
- Dallas Keuchel, Tyson Ross and Jaime Garcia were the only other pitchers above 60%
- Clayton Kershaw had a league best 2.06 xFIP
- Chris Sale was next at 2.60
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