Thursday, May 19, 2016

Pitching Breakdowns Daily - May 20

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.

CC Sabathia (@OAK)
Grade: C-
Sabathia actually hasn't pitched that poorly this year (3.55 FIP, though that's buoyed by a 3.4% HR/FB), and he gets a nice matchup against an A's lineup with a .304 wOBA against LHP. He also gets the benefit of the spacious Oakland Coliseum, but squaring off with Sonny Gray as well as his own offense's struggles limit the potential for a win.

Matt Wisler (@PHI)
Grade: C
Like Sabathia, Wisler is a mediocre skills pitcher in a good matchup. Also like Sabathia, he has a formidable pitching opponent in Nola, and the miserable Braves offense makes a win less likely.

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. Chasen Shreve, NYY
Grade: C
Historically, Joe Girardi disdains to use relievers three days in a row before the all-star break, and "No Run-DMC" (Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman) have all pitched back to back days, which could make Shreve the de facto closer tommorrow.

3. My GIF of the Day Vote
The site 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.


Lots of nastiness here. Tillman's curve or Cueto's changeup were probably the best, but I had to go with Britton's curve because of Leonys Martin's reaction.

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