Noah Syndergaard- P- PHI- Idea- Thor had another less than godlike performance on the mound for the Phillies. He was charged with 4 runs (3 earned) in 4.1 IP against the Giants yesterday. Syndergaard allowed 7 hits and walked 1 while striking out 3. In 6 starts for Philadelphia he has a 4.63 ERA and 1.43 WHIP. There are some underlying numbers that indicate Syndergaard has suffered from bad luck. In his first 5 starts as a Phillie his FIP was 3.29 and in yesterday's outing it was a tidy 2.43. Syndergaard threw 52 of 75 pitches for strikes. His EV and HardHit% have both decreased in Philadelphia. Looking towards 2023, the farther he is from his Tommy John surgery the closer he may be to regaining his prior effectiveness.
Pete Fairbanks- RP- TB- Hot- Fairbanks retired all 3 Yankees he faced to earn his 6th hold of the season in 17 appearances. He also has 4 saves for the MLB season, which for him started on July 17. A torn lat muscle in spring training cost Fairbanks the first half of the season but he has been outstanding since joining the Rays. He is posting a 1.62 ERA, 1.20 FIP, 12.96 K/9, and 0.54 BB/9. His fastball approaches triple digits and Fairbanks is a part of the Rays closer committee. Since he picks up holds regularly he is even more valuable in leagues that count those. With an 18.0% SwStr% Faribanks has been dominant and has kept it up consistently in his appearances so far.
Cody Thomas- C- OAK- Rookie- Thomas went 2-for-3 with a walk to make him 3-for-5 in his young major league career. He didn't play in the minors until last month as he continued recovery from Achilles surgery in the offseason. Thomas only had 36 PAs between the Arizona complex team and AAA Las Vegas before being called up by Oakland. Before the Achilles injury last season Thomas hit 18 homers in 245 PAs at Las Vegas and slashed .289/.363/.665. He tends to be a free swinger, with a 31.8% K% at AAA last season and 43.8% in a brief 16 PAs at Las Vegas last month. Thomas did have a 10.2% BB% in 2021, so he does have an ability to wait out bad pitches. Power is his potential. The question is whether he will be able to connect with enough major league pitches to realize it. Consider Thomas a potential high upside in homers, but no guarantee.
Dylan Cease- P- CHW- Great Player- Cease came within an out of throwing a no hitter, allowing a single to Luis Arraez with 2 outs in the 9th inning. He completed the game and shutout with just that one hit allowed, along with 2 walks. Cease struck out 7. He was efficient, only throwing 103 pitches, 68 of them strikes. Cease only threw 4 balls in the last 2 IP, maintaining solid control all the way. That makes it unlikely there will be any fatigue issue in his next start.
Kenley Jansen- RP- ATL- Cold- For the third time in his last 4 appearances, Jansen was scored on. He blew a save by allowing a run on 2 hits and a walk in 0.2 IP. In those last 4 appearances Jansen has 2 saves, but also 2 blown saves, one of which ended up as a loss. In the second half he has walked 11 batters in just 14.2 IP. Jansen hasn't had a lower 2nd half ERA than the first half since 2014. His BB% has also increased in every season since 2019, except for the aberration that was 2019. Jansen has developed a distinct tendency to fade at the end of the season.
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