By Corné Hogeveen and Gem Tablak
This is the recap for the Pitchers in week three! Again the grades are Very bad, Bad, Solid, Good, Very good and Red Hot!!
Corné: Solid. He got the win but he was still not the Harvey we used to see. Cespedes him to get his win with an amazing throw gunning down the runner at the plate. He went 5 allowing 2 runs! The problems for Harvey are not behind him after his start on Friday. But he got the win.
Gem: Solid. This is still a very different Harvey than we’re accustomed to seeing. Even though he earned his first victory vs the Braves, It didn’t come easy for the dark knight, in his 5 innings pitched, Harvey tossed 101 pitches before exiting the game.
Corné: RED HOT. Another great outing for THOR as he went 7 innings of 1 run ball against the Phillies to get his second win!! He is simply amazing!
Gem: RED HOT. Against a meak Phillies line up, Syndergaard was able to go 7 innings while striking out 8. His ERA on the season is an almost impossible 0.90 while sporting a WHIP of 0.95. So in other words, he just doesn’t let people on get on base often.
Corné: Good. deGrom was back on Sunday making a start against the Braves. After a tough time for Jake he made a solid start going 5.2 innings allowing just 1 run. His velocity is not back jet but he is still getting results.
Gem: Good. deGROM took the hill on Sunday against the Braves after dealing with what I would call a family emergency. With everything going on he was still able to pick up the win in a low scoring game.
Corné: Solid. A Bartolo signature start! 3er in Citizens Bank is not a bad start at all for a fly ball pitcher! Big Sexy was his solid self!
Gem: Solid. Colon tossed a quality 6 innings against the Phillies while giving up 3 runs on just 4 hits & only struck out 4 batters.
Corné: Very Good. After his first start Matz has pitches very well. He went 6.1 innings on Saturday. He allowed 9 hits but pitched out of trouble a couple of times which shows he can pitch in big spots! He allowed only 2 runs while striking out 8!
Gem: Very Good. Since Matz’ collapse last week, he’s come on to pitch 13.1 innings while striking out 17, sporting a 1.35 ERA & 1.05 WHIP. He earned a W in each of those 2 starts.
Corné: Very Good. Bastardo allowed a run in 4.2 innings but he looked very good. He is getting some big outs! Getting in more late inning spots! I like Bastardo and his early season struggles are behind him!
Gem: RED HOT. In just 4.2 innings pitched, Bastardo has notched 8 strikeouts. His 0.86 WHIP indicates that the opposition is having a tough time getting on base.
Corné: Solid. Blevins is giving up some runs lately but still got the feeling he get the big outs he needs to get. Maybe its just my feeling.
Gem: Bad. He didn’t pitch much, only 2 innings but this weeks 4.50 ERA is unlike Blevins
Corné: Solid. He gets his saves but has a lot of trouble getting the saves. I’m little bit worried about the lack of dominance Familia shows at this point. Familia does not make it easy for my heart!
Gem: Solid. With 2 saves this week, Familia had a high ERA of 6.00 but as long as your getting the job done, right?
Corné: Very Good. 2.1 innings 2 hits 0 walks and 0 runs while striking out 3. That’s a good week for a reliever!
Gem: Very Good. In a very small sample size of 2.1 innings, Henderson didn’t allow any runs during the week.
Corné: Very Good. He pitched scoreless ball this week. He walked only 1 and struck out 4. The one walk was an intentional walk.
Gem: Very Good. You can categorize Reed with Henderson on this one. No runs given up in 2.1 innings, 1 out more than Henderson.
Corné: Good. 3.1 innings allowing 1 run. Although the one run allowed was the winning run in the 11th against the Phillies he still earned a Good. He is looking very good in the early season.
Gem: Good. Even though he picked up a loss this week, I’d have to see he’s looked pretty solid on the mound since the season began, minus some early control issues.
Corné: RED HOT. When I saw Verrett make the start against the Phillies I thought it would be tough to replace Verrett in the rotation. After his second 6 scoreless start Verrett went back to the bullpen and pitched a scoreless 9th on Saturday. Its nice to have depth like Verrett.
Gem: RED HOT. It’s a small sample size but Verret has been excellent. Again against, he pitched 7 scoreless innings while only striking out 4 batters.
Corné: Bad. 1 inning allowing 1 run. Montero is back to Triple-A where he belongs IMO.
Gem: Bad. Montero was put in a bullpen role where he’s seemed to be uncomfortable since day one. Every week, I wonder what the plan is with Montero & I think we’ll find out sooner or later.