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Exit Velocity Readings

Your top exit velocity readings from yesterday, in order: Pete Alonso, Julio Rodriguez, Xander Bogaerts, Maikel Franco, and Willie Calhoun. It’s nice to see Julio Rodriguez on this list as he struggled early on but seems to be coming around. He had insanely good plate discipline in the minors and has been getting squeezed a lot at the plate. Hold tight and be patient.

Rafael Devers continues to crush the ball, he had three hard-hits all over 101 MPH as he went two for four with a double against the Twins.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit cleanup last night going two for three with a double and two runs. He had three hard-hit balls and if he can stay healthy maybe we can finally see that breakout we have all been waiting for.

Randy Arozarena had three hard-hit balls yesterday as he went three for five with two doubles. Hopefully, this can propel him to start to turn things around.

Matt Duffy had three hard-hits yesterday all over 97 MPH…uh what?

Swing and Misses:

Alek Manoah (17)

Andrew Heaney (16)

Yu Darvish (16)

Nestor Cortes Jr. (15)

Elieser Hernandez (15)

Mustache Man

Nestor Cortes Jr. dominated the Orioles yesterday pitching five innings and racking up 12 strikeouts. Yes, 12. His cutter was phenomenal inducing 10 whiffs and seven called strikes, good for a 47% CSW rate. His 15 whiffs overall were extremely impressive and while I don’t think this is exactly going to be normal, he should be a good pitcher moving forward. He is a must-add in all formats.

Wander-ful

Wander Franco hasn’t lost a step from 2021. So far this season he is hitting .381 with a .934 OPS and one stolen base. His current xBA (too small of a sample but whatever) shows he deserves his .381 average and to boot his 178 wRC+ is impressive. Yesterday against the White Sox, Franco went two for four with two runs, a double, and one RBI. Wander is legit and should have a very high batting average floor.

Wheels Falling Off

Zack Wheeler had a disastrous start against the Miami Marlins yesterday. His velocity was down and he let up seven runs in just three innings. Wheeler had a late start in spring training due to a shoulder issue. Think of this as spring training still, he should come around eventually.

Connor Keeps Hitting

Connor Joe continues to hit the ball well as he went two for four with a double against the Cubs yesterday. Joe currently boasts an impressive 1.132 OPS and has worked his way into an everyday role. Connor Joe was an SP Streamer Discord darling as my draft prep ranked him pretty high amongst other outfielders. Playing time was a question mark at one point but it isn’t anymore.

Heaney

Andrew Heaney had a great start against the Reds pitching six innings with eleven strikeouts. His slider was fantastic as it generated 14 whiffs meanwhile his four-seam landed 13 called strikes. Heaney has done this in the past and while I do think he is a must-add in all leagues I am still a bit weary. He has always struggled to stay healthy and has always seemed to disappoint us in one way or another. I need to see this for a full season.

Saves Around The League

Pittsburgh’s closer situation is supposed to be a committee between Chris Stratton and David Bednar. Stratton struggled in a non save situation last week and it was Bednar who got the save yesterday.

Jordan Romano notched his sixth save of the season, he is looking like a top-four closer right now.

Josh Hader grabbed his fourth save of the season by giving up no hits and striking out two. Hader is just a different type of beast.

David Robertson picked up his third save of the season in Colorado, he seems to have taken the closer role for the Cubs.

Taylor Rogers picked up his fourth save of the season striking out two hitters.

K-BB% Leaders

K-BB% is the quickest statistic to stabilize for pitchers so it’s always important to look at the leaderboard throughout.

  1. Carlos Rodon 37.8%
  2. Kyle Wright 33.3%
  3. Andrew Heaney 32.5%
  4. Joe Musgrove 31.1%
  5. Kevin Gausman 31.1%
  6. Tylor Megill 30.6%
  7. Kyle Gibson 30.2%
  8. Carlos Carrasco 28.2%
  9. Dylan Cease 26.8%
  10. Hunter Greene 26.2%

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Michael Simione

Michael Simione

Michael Simione is the owner of SPStreamer.com. 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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