Welcome to the SP Roundup, my daily fantasy baseball article reviewing the performance of every starting pitcher in every Monday game. I apologize for the jokes written in my delirium in advance. Have questions? Ask me during my office hours on Twitch weekday mornings from 9-11 a.m. ET.
Lance Lynn (CFS) @ DET (NA) – 4.1 IP, 3 ER, 10 Hits, 0 BB, 4K – 9 puffs, 24% CSW88 pitches.
We waited a while Lance Lynn to debut in 2022 and it wasn’t quite what we were hoping for in Detroit as he left 4.1 IP, 3 ER, 10 Hits, 0 BB, 4 Ks – 9 Whiffs, 24% CSW, 88 slots. His heating was 1.4 ticks from a year ago, he made a few mistakes in the middle of the plate and he was overall crushed by the Tigers. Wum wum.
It’s not a death sentence, far from it. Of course, Lynn also had a bad time in his early rehab and the speed is down, but I see this more as another early rehab than a “this is who he is.” Give him a start or two to regain speed and I’d be surprised if he still struggles in July. It can be a good time to buy low if a manager wants to cash in now, if you’re up for it.
Let’s see how all the other SPs did on Monday:
Alek Manoah (TOR) vs BAL (M)- 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 Hits, 1 BB, 7 K – 10 puffs, 34% CSW86 pitches.
As goes as. It’s interesting to see that Manoah features sinkers heavily inside the area instead of jamming exclusively on the side of the arm, but it worked extremely well when the slider and all four seams were cleaned. It’s hard not to love Manoah right now.
Chris Archer (MIN) @ SEA (NA) – 4.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 Hits, 2 BB, 3 K – 10 puffs, 30% CSW67 pitches.
That’s why you don’t list with Archer: he can hit the target ERA, but it’s not for very long. That’s the biggest knock against him and I’d take another one instead. He’s not the type to scare you.
justin steel (CHC) vs SD (NA) – 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 6 Hits, 0 BB, 3 K – 8 puffs, 27% CSW77 pitches.
Oh look, it’s Steele coming on an outing. It was a four seam town with 70% usage and nothing else was doing much and I’m glad it worked out for him. I suppose. You better not try to peek at Justin.
Yu Darvish (SOUTH DAKOTA) @ CSC (M)- 8.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 Hits, 0 BB, 7 K – 17 puffs, 32% CSW107 pitches.
Hey it’s a gallows gallows for Darvish as he did exactly what he should do against the Cubs. Good to see its four-seam bake at 41% CSW as the cutter held the fort, rarely turning to the slider. The man kept things pretty simple. Next up is Coors and there’s always some hesitation – I’m counting on you to decide if you want to launch the coin on a Sunday.
Sandy Alcantara (MIA) @PHI (NA) – 7.2 IP, 2 ER, 6 Hits, 3 BB, 5 K – 13 puffs, 27% CSW113 pitches.
As goes as. Not the WHIP you want because his four-seam command wasn’t as perfect as we’ve seen, but he still got through nearly eight frames against a dangerous Phillies offense. I’m so proud of you.
Aaron Nola (ISP) against MIA (NA) – 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 Hits, 0 BB, 6 K – 16 puffs, 34% CSW107 pitches.
Of course, Nola’s battle against Sandy would end without losing or succeeding – because they’re trying to make me choose between them. It all worked out here and I’m just thrilled that Nola can make two consecutive dominant starts instead of the ridiculous yo-yo he’s been doing all year. Give me two more and you have your AGM.
Christian Javier (HU) @TEX (NA) – 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 Hits, 3 BB, 7 K – 15 puffs, 31% CSW91 pitches.
Ayyyy he did! If you’re curious what Javier’s best four-seam order looks like, here’s the plot of this game. That’s what we’re chasing. And hey, 67% broken ball strikes are all kinds of wonderful things too. Don’t worry about the WHIP, it’s a great sign that can hopefully continue against the White Sox on Sunday.
Mitch Keller (PIT) @STL (NA) – 5.1 IP, 2 ER, 7 Hits, 1 BB, 2 K – 6 puffs, 21% CSW97 pitches.
Sigh. I know that’s a decent ERA, but he went 10/30 slider puffs on the last start and here it was…0/16. ZERO FOR SIXTEEN. It can be very difficult to taste honey and have to live the rest of your life without it. But the curveball had a CSW of 35%! Yeah yeah yeah whatever. I don’t want to chase Keller.
Alex Wood (SF) against K.C. (M)- 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 Hits, 1 BB, 5 K – 12 puffs, 34% CSW80 pitches.
Yes, it’s Wood coming back again. You still have two solid matchups left – Pirates and Reds – and with everything working out, you better lean on him for that.
Brady Singer (CC) @SF (NA) – 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 2 Hits, 5 BB, 5 K – 7 puffs, 29% CSW89 pitches.
Ehhhhh, I’ll take it. The lead had enough strikes called, but the slider failed to live up to his end of the market, only winning 5/31 puffs, which led to way too many free passes. He’s still a 50/50 game and I’ll move on against the Angels next, even though he’ll be a dodgy start.
Chris Flexon (SEA) vs MIN (NA) – 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 7 Hits, 2 BB, 5 K – 15 puffs, 30% CSW89 pitches.
It’s a nice fine dusty donut if you like that stuff, with a 1.80 WHIP to go along with solid ERA and strikeouts. I guess I’m proud of him for doing it against Minnesota’s strong offense and it makes the Angels a little more digestible next time around. I’d rather not have to rely on it, but I guess that’s okay…?
Taylor Hearn (TEXAS) vs HOU (NA) – 5.1 IP, 3 ER, 7 Hits, 3 BB, 3 K – 12 puffs, 29% CSW91 pitches.
Yeaaaah, there’s not a shred of truth in those who tell you to take Taylor.
Merrill Kelly (ARI) vs CIN (NA) – 6.0 IP, 5 ER, 8 Hits, 2 BB, 7 K – 14 puffs, 34% CSW102 pitches.
It’s a King Cole but a bad night at the park for Kelly. Good to see both 93/94 mph and a decent change gift he just got Isolated a little. Bad luck. I wouldn’t throw it against the Twins.
Ian Anderson (ATL) @WSH (NA) – 4.0 IP, 4 ER, 6 Hits, 4 BB, 3 K – 11 puffs, 26% CSW82 pitches.
Bleeegh. Even with his switch earning a ton of strikes, Anderson didn’t have his best fastball and the curveball (despite its decent placement under the area) didn’t have the impact we wanted. I know it makes us want to move on from Anderson, but he faces the Cubs on Sunday. It will surely be usable then, won’t it?
Rony Garcia (TED) vs CFS (L)- 4.0 IP, 4 ER, 5 Hits, 2 BB, 3 K – 5 puffs, 29% CSW75 pitches.
There really isn’t much here to consider. Oh, my little Rony, you don’t deserve such trouble.
Mike Miner (CIN) @ARI (NA) – 6.1 IP, 4 ER, 8 Hits, 2 BB, 5 K – 7 puffs, 28% CSW98 pitches.
Alright, I’ll stop wondering if Minor is anything major for a while. At least the slider looked good, unfortunately the fastball is baaaad.
Zack Thompson (STL) vs. PIT (NA) – 5.0 IP, 5 ER, 7 Hits, 2 BB, 2 K – 2 puffs, 20% CSW92 pitches.
No, this one has a K. No, he had two Ks. Oh god, this Thompson is 93/94 mph over four seams with a curveball and a change. Stick with each other, if you must.
Kyle Bradish (BALL) @TOR (L)- 4.1 IP, 5 ER, 9 Hits, 1 BB, 3 K – 5 puffs, 24% CSW90 pitches.
An Orioles starter struggling against the powerhouse Jays? Pretty corny for the writers to print this line of stats – come up with something original, JEEZ.
Erasmo Ramirez (WSH) against ATL (L)- 3.0 IP, 6 ER, 6 Hits, 2 BB, 4K – 7 puffs, 22% CSW54 pitches.
Wow, it’s Erasmus! I really didn’t want to see each other again in this kind of circumstance. There were days when you were insanely good, remember? I miss those days.
game of the day
Joe Ryan vs. Logan Gilbert – Ryan is expected to return from COVID-IL and I don’t care what he’s done so far, I’ll always hold out hope that Gilbert finds some legit secondary ground.
But Nick?! Where are the streaming choices? – I moved them to the daily SP Matchups & Streamer Rankings article.
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