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Exit Velocity Readings

Your top exit velocity readings from yesterday, in order: Austin Riley, Spencer Torkelson, Sean Murphy, Jesus Sanchez, and Manny Machado.

We have now seen Sean Murphy on this list two days in a row, could we be seeing a power surge here?

Spencer Torkelson hit his second home run of the season and seems to be getting into a groove now. He had three hard-hit balls yesterday and he should continue to show off his raw power.

Josh Bell is hitting really well early on this season, he currently has an impressive .333 batting average. Yesterday he had four hard-hit balls all over 96 MPH.

Joc Pederson went two for three with a home run against the Guardians last night as well as three hard hits all over 101 MPH. He will, of course, continue to be platooned but if you catch him in the right week he could be useful.

Austin Riley had four hard-hit balls last night as he continues to prove the haters wrong.

Swing and Misses:

Joe Ryan (19)

Dylan Cease (15)

Freddy Peralta (13)

Chris Bassitt (13)

Tarik Skubal (12)

Pitcher Dominance

Chris Bassitt continues to be one of the most consistent pitchers out there. Against the Diamondbacks, he pitched six innings allowing just one earned run while inducing six strikeouts. He is a must-start no matter the matchup.

Joe Ryan rebounded from his first start and handled the Red Sox with ease. He struck out seven hitters in six innings with 19 whiffs and a 40% CSW rate. Impressive numbers for sure.

Carlos Rodon looks like the best pitcher in baseball right now. He had nine strikeouts in seven innings yesterday with nine whiffs and a 34 CSW%. Let’s all hold our breath and hope his shoulder holds up.

I wish I had more shares of Dylan Cease. I have some, but not enough. Cease dominated again last night and in two starts he now sports a 1.69 ERA with a 39% strikeout rate.

My Tarik Skubal shame tour has officially begun. He dominated the Royals yesterday racking up seven strikeouts in 5.2 innings. To really take the next step forward Skubal needs to show more consistency, we shall see what happens!

Um, Brad Keller has been fantastic so far this season. Where the heck was this last season?! He pitched seven innings last night while allowing just two earned runs. If you have him he is a definite hold.

Miles Mikolas, where was this when I picked you as my streamer? Mikolas had 6.2 dominant innings where he allowed just one earned run. His seven strikeouts came with seven whiffs and 18 called strikes showing how good his command really was. He is likely just a streamer but I would hold on right now.

Kyle Wright baby! I am so glad this worked out because we noticed a big change in velocity and pitch mix in a previous What You Need To Know article and that’s what this article is all about. Finding these little things that could lead to big things! Wright had nine strikeouts in just five innings against the Padres.

Big Man Steals A Bag

I have to mention this just because…well how could you not. Miguel Sano stole a base! Sano has actually been pretty terrible this season but he did hit a home run in this game so maybe this will wake up his bat.

It’s Time To Let Go

Mitch Keller was as popular as ever with his increased velocity readings in spring training. He has struggled mightily through two starts now as he continues to struggle with command. It seems safe to let Keller go at this point.

Zach Eflin lasted just four innings and allowed four runs against the Marlins yesterday. Eflin isn’t bad and he could be worth holding on to but I haven’t seen the swing and miss stuff from him we have seen in the past. He has missed a lot of time so it could just be a matter of more reps. In shallow leagues, I would drop him for now or only start him based on matchups. Definitely don’t forget about him though.

We are seeing a lot of the same from Reid Detmers compared to last season. He has some seriously good breaking balls but continues to struggle when it comes to limiting runs. It’s hard to hold onto him right now in shallow leagues, especially with shallow benches.

Jesús Sánchez Is Raking

Jesús Sánchez went two for five yesterday with two runs, a triple, a double, and two RBI. He also had three hard-hit balls all over 106 MPH. Wow. On the season he is now hitting .310 with a 184 wRC+, .379 ISO, and a 1.023 OPS. He could be breaking out.

Ohtani’s Bat Has Arrived

After a bit of a slow start, Shohei Ohtani finally had a good night at the plate. Last night he went two for five with two home runs and three RBI. He did have two strikeouts but hopefully, this is a turnaround moment for him.

A Gore Review

MacKenzie Gore finally had his major league debut yesterday! It wasn’t overbearing or overly impressive but it was still good. First starts can be odd and he handled himself well allowing just two earned runs in 5.1 innings. The Braves’ offense is tough so hopefully he can build off of this.

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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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