Sunday, May 15, 2016

Pitching Breakdowns Daily - May 16

I'm back for episode 2!

I'll leave the descriptions of each feature in there for now.

1. Stream(s) of the Day
In this section, I will pick my top pitcher(s) to stream for that day, and give them a grade (A-F). To qualify, a pitcher must be owned in 30% or less ESPN leagues.

Lots of streaming options for tomorrow. In no particular order:

Jon Niese (vs ATL)
Grade: B
Niese is wholly mediocre as a pitcher, but he does do one thing well: he's averaged 6 IP per start for his career. Facing a Braves offense which owns a horrific .238 wOBA against lefties and opposed by Williams Perez, Niese is one of the best bets for a win and for a quality start, and he should tally a few Ks. He also has the benefit of throwing in a pitchers park.

John Lamb (@CLE)
Grade: B
I actually find Lamb's skillset quite interesting, and he's got a nice matchup against a Cleveland lineup with a .274 wOBA against lefties. He should rack up the Ks, but his own offense's struggles hurt his chances for a win. He's opposed by another oboard my streaming picks in Cody Anderson.

Robbie Ray (vs NYY)
Grade: B
Ray is probably the best pitcher on this list, talent-wise. His matchup isn't quite as juicy as a couple of the others but the Yankees do have just a .294 wOBA vs LHP, so it's plenty juicy in his own right. He'll have to contend with a hitter's park in Phoenix. Facing off against Michael Pineda could be a boon or a knock, as Pineda is pretty bipolar.

Derek Holland (@OAK)
Grade: C
Holland has had a rough 2016 so far, but he has shown some skills in that past. He'll have a chance to get it going against an A's team that has struggled mightily against lefties (.282 wOBA). Pitching in Oakland is nice, and if Manaea's struggles continue Holland would have a nice shot at a win.

Cody Anderson (vs CIN)
Grade: C+
He's fairly well established as an average pitcher, and he draws a very nice matchup against the Reds (.293 wOBA against RHP).

Adam Conley (30.1% owned) narrowly missed qualifying, but he's also a great stream (probably B+) if he's available.

2. Vulture Saves Watch
From the Twitter account @VultureSaves (which I operate), updates on possibly unavailable closers and the setup men who could see save opportunities if those closers are rested. I assign football injury report style designations (probable, questionable, doubtful, out) to each closer as well as grades A-F to potential vultures.

1. Koji Uehara
Grade: A
Kimbrel has thrown in three straight and is Doubtful.

2. Fernando Salas
Grade: A-
Joe Smith is also Doubtful, having thrown on three straight days.

3. David Phelps
Grade: D
AJ Ramos has thrown on back to back days and is Probable.

4. Jason Grilli
Grade: D-
Vizcaino tossed 2 IP today, but it only took him 18 total pitches, so he's Probable.

3. My GIF of the Week Vote
Here's the link to the article by ThePitcherList, including all the GIF candidates as well as the poll: http://www.pitcherlist.com/blog/gifs-of-the-week/jake-peavys-fastball-the-nastiest-pitching-gifs-of-the-week

That was an absurdly good collection of GIFs, but for me it came down to Arrieta's slider and Scherzer's fastball. Both were insane, but I went with Arrieta's slider. I find it more visually appealing, though how Scherzer can whiff a batter on a FASTBALL that drills him is truly mind-numbing.

4. Stat of the Day
This one should be pretty self-explanatory. Should be a fun one though.

Initially, I wrote here about Hector Rondon's negative FIP. But then he went and raised it from -0.15 to 0.98 moments before publication.

Consider this one a replacement level stat of the day:

Jose Altuve leads baseball in solo home runs with nine. Byung-ho Park, Robinson Cano, Nolan Arenado and Todd Frazier all have eight.

For teams, the Diamondbacks, Nationals, Astros and Rays are all tied at the top with 31.

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