Ricky Nolasco- FLA- Caution- Nolasco wasn't as bad as he was in his last outing, but he didn't pitch a quality start yesterday. He came close, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks in 5.2 IP while striking out 4. Nolasco was very inefficient, needing 111 pitches to get through that 5.2 IP. He has had a tendency over the years to not pitch very well after high pitch games, especially if they have come close together. His implosion in his last start came after he had thrown 111 pitches in his previous outing and twice in his previous 4 starts had thrown more than 110 pitches. The only other time this season he threw more than 110 pitches he followed up by allowing 8 runs. After yesterday he has hit the 110+ pitch mark in 3 of his last 6 starts. Be wary the next time or two out.
Jordan Zimmerman- WAS- Cold- Davey Johnson says that Zimmerman's problems in his last 2 starts have been too much rest between. Yesterday he pitched on 6 days' rest. The time before it was 9 days. Or it could be some regression to the mean happening in the homers allowed department. In his last two starts (in which he gave up 6 runs each) Zimmerman allowed 3 homers. He had only give up 4 homers in his previous 18 starts. Zimmerman's ERA of 3.27 is now much closer to his xFIP of 3.60.
Vance Worley- PHI- Hot- Worley is being mentioned as a Rookie of the Year candidate. He will probably need his luck to hold out in order for that to happen and that can't be counted on. With a BABIP of .233 regression to the mean will be a negative. Worley's K/BB ratio of 1.96 is lower than he has had at any level he has pitched in his career. His HR/9 ratio of .38 is far lower than he has had before so he would have to do an unprecedented job of keeping the ball in the park to maintain his success. With an xFIP (3.99) almost twice his ERA (2.02) I wouldn't jump on the bandwagon, at least not if it came at a significant cost.
Dustin Moseley- SD- Injury- Moseley dislocated his shoulder hitting a ball in the 3rd inning. After he fell to the ground, though, it popped back in allowing him to reach base safely with a single. Moseley remained in the game and threw 7 IP. This is the second time he has dislocated that shoulder this season. The first time landed Moseley on the DL. It looks like he avoided that this time, but having dislocated my own shoulder several times I can tell you that sometimes the pain gets worse the day after. Check and see what the Padres say about Moseley's next rotation turn.
Kenley Jansen- LAD- Hot- Jansen picked up his 2nd save of the season with Javy Guerra having pitched in 3 straight games. Last night was Jansen's third straight game and his second in which he struck out 2 of the 3 batters he faced. Jonathan Broxton is out for the year and if Guerra falters, Jansen has been pitching so well that he could step into the closer role for the Dodgers.
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