Baseball has reached the quarter pole mark of the season and with Memorial day on the horizon the time has come to reevaluate your team. This week I would like to do a quick pitch examination of two very interesting starting pitchers.
Stephen Strasburg, SP, Washington Nationals
This is one of the games most polarizing pitchers and with great expectations comes great responsibility.
My motto for the 2015 season going forward is embrace the “suck”. Let me translate so we are clear, I do not think Strasburg sucks, but that’s the perception right now and last week on SiriusXM with Dr.Roto I recommended him as the perfect buy-low candidate, if you believe that exists.
Unless you know Strasburg is injured, I would be buying this depressed stock.
If you drafted Strasburg or paid his premium auction price, what is the prudent course of action? I would not trade him when his value is at rock bottom.
Is he frustrating to watch, yes and his antics on the mound resemble immaturity, I stated in the 2015 Starting Pitcher Index that mound presence was the obstacle he needed to overcome, but this is still a talented pitcher with upside few possess.
- 2o12 159.1 IP 3.16 ERA 2.82 FIP 2.81 xFIP 30.2 K% 22.8 K-BB%
- 2013 183.0 IP 3.00 ERA 3.21 FIP 3.15 xFIP 26.1 K% 18.5 K-BB%
- 2014 215.0 IP 3.14 ERA 2.94 FIP 2.56 xFIP 27.9 K% 22.9 K-BB%
- 2015 40.2 IP 5.98 ERA 3.47 FIP 3.66 xFIP 21.9 K% 15.6 K-BB%
Something to think about, Strasburg’s stats last season from May 19th 2014 on:
- 25 GS 160.2 IP 3.02 ERA 3.13 FIP 2.63 xFIP 27.1 K% 22.7 K%
I believe in the talent and going to war with him is still probably your best option. Practicng patience with pitchers is excruciating but often the judicious diagnosis.
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) May 17, 2015
Chris Sale, SP, Chicago White Sox
The lanky lefty from the South Side of Chicago had many owners very nervous, but those fears have been calmed after his last two starts resembled vintage Chris Sale.
The Spring Training foot injury all but wiped out his preseason and it’s possible he is now finally rounding into form.
On Monday night he and Corey Kluber dueled in a 1-1 battle at US Cellular Field that was decided in extra innings.
I may be biased when it comes to Sale, but I would buy high on this talent.
I have highlighted this trend at ctmbaseball.com but let’s take another look here.
- 2012 FB 60.1% (91.6) SL 26.2% (78.6) CH 13.7% (82.1)
- 2013 FB 51.4% (93.1) SL 29.6% (78.5) CH 19.0% (82.8)
- 2014 FB 52.9% (93.8) SL 18.4% (79.8) CH 28.6% (84.7)
- 2015 FB 60.0% (93.8) SL 10.2% (80.5) CH 29.8% (85.4)
The fastball usage has returned to 2012 levels, his first season as a starting pitcher. The slider continues it steep decline and the rise of his changeup is no fluke. One would presume the devastating slider he possess is just too taxing on his arm and this is the evolution of a pitcher.
— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) May 19, 2015
Top 50 Starting Pitcher Rankings
Here is this week’s top 50 Starting Pitchers and for the full list of pitchers visit ctmbaseball.com and checkout the “In-Season Starting Pitcher Index.”
May 19, 2015
- Clayton Kershaw
- Felix Hernnadez
- Max Scherzer
- Matt Harvey
- Johnny Cueto
- Chris Sale
- Madison Bumgarner
- Zack Greinke
- Corey Kluber
- David Price
- Stephen Strasburg
- Cole Hamels
- Gerrit Cole
- Jake Arrieta
- Sonny Gray
- Jon Lester
- Jordan Zimmermann
- Garrett Richards
- Chris Archer
- Michael Pineda
- Michael Wacha
- Carlos Carrasco
- Jacob deGrom
- Andrew Cashner
- James Shields
- Lance Lynn
- Francisco Liriano
- Gio Gonzalez
- Tyson Ross
- Jeff Samardzija
- Jake Odorizzi
- Julio Teheran
- Dallas Keuchel
- Collin McHugh
- Danny Salazar
- Alex Wood
- Shelby Miller
- AJ Burnett
- Jason Hammel
- Anibal Sanchez
- Ian Kennedy
- Scott Kazmir
- Jose Fernandez
- Masahiro Tanaka
- Jose Quintana
- John Lackey
- James Paxton
- Drew Hutchison
- Trevor Bauer
- Yordano Ventura
*Best of luck in the confidence game that is starting pitching.
Which players do you think we should move up — or down — in these Starting Pitcher Rankings?