Kevin Gausman racked up seven strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings of work in a no-decision against the Phillies on Thursday.
Gausman was tagged for three runs despite not allowing an extra-base hit over six-plus frames. He scattered five singles and only issued a pair of walks. The 27-year-old right-hander flummoxed the Phillies lineup by generating an eye-popping 12 swinging strikes on 32 splitters. He’s relied more heavily on the offering since arriving in Atlanta and the results have been astonishing. He’s 5-2 with a 2.80 ERA
Jake had more pitches with more movement and the pitch that would prove to be his best is one he didn’t use much here. The cutter is taking over baseball, bum SPs like Chavez are going to Chicago and becoming high leverage RPs on that pitch alone, but nobody in Baltimore throws one.
I believed that the Arrieta deal was awful when it was made - but as much as Dan frustrated me with that move - 18-28 other GMs should have offered Baltimore more and failed their organizations by not doing so. One team was willing to give a little bit for Strop and the future Cy Young award winner - we haven’t had the best timing when we sell, we sell low or not at all recently.
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I don’t really feel like looking it up, but I am certain that Gausman has done better at the end of the season than the first half. Can’t say that the Braves have made him into the next Arrieta.
On the Arriera thing, I was crucified on here when I suggested that Arrieta got rather muscular with his Pilates during the off season before his Cy Young performance for the cubs (has not thing to do with Gausman nor do I think Gausman is juicing. Just had to throw in that I suspect Arrieta and his lack of follow up performance makes me think it is valid)
I've watched a lot of NL games this year since the O's have been so bad. I don't care what anyone says - the pitcher batting makes a HUGE difference. Instant rally killer. Often an automatic out and at the very least, a low pitch count at bat.