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Carlos Rodon Makes History

Carlos Rodon absolutely dominated in his first start of the season against the Miami Marlins. In just five innings the dude had 12 strikeouts, 24 whiffs, and a 42 CSW%. What! That is probably the most insane stat line I have ever seen and boy do I hope his shoulder holds up.

Dominant Starters

Dylan Cease could be transforming into an Ace right before our eyes. Was it against the Tigers? Sure. But he still had a 47 CSW% on his slider and accumulated eight strikeouts in just five innings. Plus it’s not like the Tigers lineup is nearly as bad as their 2021 lineup.

Logan Gilbert faced the tough Twins offense and pitched five innings allowing just one earned run while tallying seven strikeouts. He seemed to have upped his velocity on all of his secondaries and it seems to be working. He induced 14 whiffs overall.

Kyle Gibson dominated the lowly Athletics offense by dismantling them with 10 strikeouts in seven innings. He finished with 16 whiffs and a 37% CSW rate. Just an absolutely dominant performance.

Pablo Lopez pitched five innings in San Francisco where he accumulated six strikeouts, 15 whiffs, and a 39 CSW%. Let’s hope that shoulder holds up all season.

After a rough first inning, Joe Musgrove settled down against the Diamondbacks lasting six innings while allowing two earned runs on eight strikeouts. His slider looked as good as ever as it induced five whiffs on just nine swings.

Noah Syndergaard and Justin Verlander dueled it out on Saturday night. Verlander looked fantastic and just like the Verlander we all know. If you have Syndergaard on your team don’t be too worried about the one strikeout, he seemed to get a little unlucky.  He had 12 whiffs and a 30 CSW% so they should come.

A Struggling Varsho

Daulton Varsho has seen nine plate appearances and has yet to have a hit. His current OPS sits at just .182. Of course, it is just a three-game sample and there is no reason to panic. But it was brought to my attention in our discord that he looks completely lost at the plate. So I decided to check, and it’s true. Hopefully, he rebounds soon before this snowballs into something worse.

The Blowups Continue

Brandon Woodruff lasted just 3.2 innings allowing seven earned runs against the Cubs last night. His velocity looks fine he just looked off and there was nothing he could do about it.

Exit Velocity Readings

Your top exit velocity leaders from yesterday are Giancarlo Stanton, Joey Gallo, Joc Pederson, and Byron Buxton.

Randy Arozarena hit three balls yesterday over 105 MPH. His highest EV was 110.6 MPH.

Giancarlo Stanton continues to torch the ball this season as he had three hits over 112 MPH…mind blown.

Saves All Around

Aroldis Chapman worked a clean inning for his first save of the season.

Anthony Bender notches his first save of the season.

Jordan Romano notches his second save of the season by not allowing a single base runner.

Diego Castillo notches his first save in what seems to be a closer carousel in Seattle. Good luck trying to figure that out.

Aaron Bummer gets his first save as Liam Hendriks got the night off after his terrible outing from the other night.

Andrew Kittredge has now given fantasy managers a win and a save this week.

Will Smith gets his first save of the season as Jansen was on rest from a meltdown.

Daniel Bard struck out the side as he got his first save of the season and now we know who the Rockies closer is.

Taylor Rogers notched his second save.

Raisel Iglesias joins the fray and is able to grab his first save.

A Potential Breakout?

At the beginning of each season, there are always breakouts that we don’t see coming. To find these breakouts we have to take chances and jump on small sample sizes hoping they stick.

Last night Kyle Wright dominated the Reds lineup. He pitched six innings allowing just two hits and struck out six hitters. His sinker velocity was up 1.2 MPH and his reshaped curveball looked absolutely filthy. Overall he finished with 12 whiffs and a 36 CSW%.

He looked just as good as he was in the World Series and I think he could be budding into a valuable pitcher. Take a chance, worst case you let him go after his next start against the Padres.

Velocity Doesn’t Heal All Wounds

Mitch Keller created quite the buzz this offseason when everyone saw that he upped his fastball velocity by 2.5 MPH. He held onto the newfound velocity but it didn’t better the results. Yet. Keller’s first start finished after just four innings due to him allowing four earned runs and a 2.00 WHIP. Keller missed the zone a ton and command continues to be an issue for him. The good thing is his plot shows he is trying to do things the right way and I think if the command clicks everything could click.

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Michael Simione

Michael Simione

Michael Simione is the owner of He started the blog based on a Twitter account he created back in 2018. He specializes in pitching as well as streaming pitchers. He most importantly is a die-hard Mets fan.

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