Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Pitching Breakdowns Daily - May 19

Welcome back, to those who have read this before, and welcome to those who haven't! Let's get down to business:

1. Streams of the Day
Only pitchers owned in less than 30% of ESPN leagues are eligible.

Jeff Locke
Grade: C+
Pretty much any time the Braves face an unowned lefty, that lefty will be on this list. They've been that bad against lefties (.245 wOBA). Based on that wOBA, we would expect an average lefty to post a 2.59 ERA against them. That's nuts. There's absolutely nothing appealing about Locke himself (4.97 xFIP), but the matchup is ridiculously appealing. Plus, the Pirates great offense should provide plenty of run support (knock on wood).

Ivan Nova
Grade: C-
Nova actually hasn't pitched terrible (his 3.70 ERA matches his xFIP perfectly), and he gets a nice matchup against the punchless A's in that spacious ballpark.

Kendall Graveman
Grade: C-
Squaring off with Nova is Kendall Graveman, who hasn't been quite as good but has an equally appealing matchup.

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. Tyler Thornburg, MIL
Grade: A
Jeffress has thrown on three straight days as well as five of the last six and is doubtful. Recent usage points to Thornburg being next in line.

2. Justin Grimm or Pedro Strop, CHC
Grade: D+
Rondon is questionable, having thrown 30 pitches across 1+ innings. Strop is clearly ahead of Grimm in the depth chart, but he himself is questionable, having thrown 29 pitches over 2 innings. Watch for updates on the availability of Rondon and Strop.

3. My GIF of the Day Vote
The site pitcherlist.com has a daily feature with the best pitching GIFs from the previous day, and they include a poll to find the GIF of the Day. Just for fun, I'll let you know what I voted for.

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Noah Syndergaard's fastball is dominating in the poll (and on the field), but I'm a sucker for a good changeup, and Max Scherzer's was nasty.

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