Collette Calls: Better Days Ahead for These Pitchers?
Collette Calls: Better Days Ahead for These Pitchers?

This article is part of our Collette Calls series.

We are roughly a third into the season and some owners are getting antsy. They have lost patience with players they drafted who have started slowly.  This is particularly true for pitchers because we are all too familiar with pitchers who get stuck in ruts that severely impact our ratios. We are seeing much more of it this year with the helium baseballs in play as Noah Syndergaard has a 4.45 ERA, J.A. Happ is up to 4.48, Aaron Nola is at 4.58, Zack Wheeler is at 4.61, Carlos Carrasco is 4.98, and Eduardo Rodriguez is an even 5.00.

Each of these guys were highly drafted coming into the season; some have earned it while others have pitched better than their actual outcomes. Let's look at a few guys who show up on the StatCast leaderboard that shows large differences between a pitcher's weighted on-base average (wOBA) and his expected wOBA (xwOBA) based on the quality of contact they have allowed plus their strikeouts and walks. There are pitchers below for both single-league owners as well as mixed-league owners. 

PitcherPABIPBAxBADiffSLGxSLGDiffwobaxwOBADiff
Matt Andriese15298.252.208.044.459.358.101.335    .280.055
Freddy Peralta223148.286.246.040.495.424.071.356   .312.044
Robert Gsellman163111.265.237.028.429.345.084.327   .287.040
Rich Hill186120.238.212.026.411.324.087.302   .263.039
Noah Syndergaard
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Jason Collette
Jason has been helping fantasy owners since 1999 at RotoJunkie, Fanball, Baseball Prospectus and now here at RotoWire. He covers the Tampa Bay Rays at theprocessreport.net. You can hear Jason weekly on many of the Sirius/XM Fantasy channel offerings throughout the season as well as on the Sleeper and the Bust podcast on iTunes. An eight-time FSWA finalist, Jason won the FSWA's Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year award in 2013 and the Baseball Series of the Year award in 2018 for Collette Calls.
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