Friday, May 20, 2016

Pitching Breakdowns Daily - May 21

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.

Adam Morgan (vs ATL)
Grade: B
I've said it before, I'll say it again: there simply isn't a better streaming matchup than a left-handed pitcher facing the Braves.

JA Happ (@MIN)
Grade: B-
The Twins aren't quite as gravy of a matchup as the Braves, but Happ is probably a better pitcher than Morgan and has a great offense behind him.

Sean Manaea (vs NYY)
Grade: B
Despite his 7.91 ERA, Manaea is easily the most talented pitcher on this list, and he also draws a gravy matchup in the Yankees. He actually looked pretty good last outing, and he has the benefit of pitching in the Oakland Coliseum. However, he is opposed by Masahiro Tanaka, so a win is 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. Shawn Kelley, WAS
Grade: D
Papelbon has thrown back to back days, but he's probable and I'm not entirely certain Kelley would be Dusty Baker's vulture of choice.

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.

Link

I voted for Strasburg's curveball simply because of the reaction from Cespedes. That same curveball leads the poll.

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