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The Wheelhouse: Just Say No?

Derek VanRiper

Derek VanRiper

Derek is the Senior Baseball Editor for RotoWire.com, where he's been a two-time finalist for the FSWA's Baseball Writer of the Year award, and winner of the Best Football Article on the Web (2009) and Best Baseball Article on the Web (2010) awards. Derek also co-hosts RotoWire Fantasy Sports Today on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (XM 87, Sirius 210) from 11a-2p ET on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

It feels like we have been down this road before.

3.69. 3.23. 3.37...

Plenty of strikeouts and fewer walks than the typical starting pitcher. Something changed, and the ball wasn't missing the bat nearly as often, but it still seemed as though he was being cheated in the results.

3.55, 4.17 and now, 3.96.

Over the last six seasons, Ricky Nolasco has had an xFIP above 4.00 exactly once. Prior to his first eight starts in 2013, his ERA has not been lower than 4.48 since 2008.

Now 30 years old and on one of the worst major league teams ever assembled, he's quietly providing value with two wins, a 3.72 ERA and 1.16 WHIP.

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