Nick Pivetta
Nick Pivetta
26-Year-Old PitcherSP
Philadelphia Phillies
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Pivetta’s underlying numbers from his rookie campaign hinted at the possibility of improvement in 2018, and improvement did indeed come, with the righty cutting his ERA from an ugly 6.02 to a still-high 4.77. The story heading into 2019 is much the same, as Pivetta’s supporting statistics yet again suggest that he has the potential for more. He posted a strong 27.1% strikeout rate (13th-best among qualified starters) and a better-than-average 7.4% walk rate, leading to a solid 3.80 FIP. The problem for the Canadian remains the home-run ball. His career HR/FB remains a troubling 17%, well above the league average. If he can get that in line, he could develop into a workhorse that provides lots of strikeouts and a relatively low ERA. If the homer problem remains, he’ll do enough damage to fantasy owners’ ERAs to render him nothing more than a deep-league option despite the whiffs. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Phillies in March of 2018.
Moving to bullpen
PPhiladelphia Phillies
July 19, 2019
Pivetta will transition into a bullpen role for the Phillies, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
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The Phillies signed Drew Smyly on Friday and are inserting him into the starting rotation, bumping Pivetta to the bullpen. The 26-year-old should be available to pitch this weekend since Wednesday's start lasted only 2.1 innings due to a rain delay. Pivetta has a 5.74 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 58:25 K:BB through 69 innings this season.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-5%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-11%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-9%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-18%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .265 781 188 78 182 27 6 27
Since 2017vs Right .280 882 219 63 221 42 3 41
2019vs Left .265 188 37 21 44 8 3 10
2019vs Right .297 197 42 12 52 9 1 9
2018vs Left .276 308 79 27 75 8 1 12
2018vs Right .250 386 109 24 88 17 1 12
2017vs Left .253 285 72 30 63 11 2 5
2017vs Right .308 299 68 27 81 16 1 20
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-15%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-5%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-19%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-20%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.95 1.33 209.0 12 14 1 10.2 2.8 1.7
Since 2017Away 5.83 1.52 174.1 7 15 0 8.7 4.0 1.5
2019Home 5.53 1.57 53.2 4 3 1 8.2 3.4 1.8
2019Away 5.23 1.38 32.2 0 2 0 8.3 3.6 2.2
2018Home 4.34 1.20 91.1 4 8 0 11.1 2.4 1.3
2018Away 5.33 1.43 72.2 3 6 0 9.3 3.3 1.4
2017Home 5.34 1.33 64.0 4 3 0 10.7 2.8 2.1
2017Away 6.65 1.68 69.0 4 7 0 8.3 4.8 1.3
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Stat Review
How does Nick Pivetta compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 70 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.39
 
K/9
8.2
 
BB/9
3.4
 
HR/9
2.0
 
Fastball
94.4 mph
 
ERA
5.42
 
WHIP
1.49
 
BABIP
.319
 
GB/FB
1.49
 
Left On Base
71.3%
 
Exit Velocity
89.8 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
9.1%
 
Spin Rate
2550 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
35.6%
 
Swinging Strike
10.4%
 
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
Pivetta was one of several young Phillies to be given a chance in the starting rotation, and like most of them, he struggled, putting up a 6.02 ERA in 133 innings. However, the underlying numbers suggest he deserved better. He struck out 9.5 batters per nine innings, well above the major-league average of 8.3 K/9, and his groundball percentage of 43.8 was right around the league average. His high ERA can be primarily attributed to a relatively high BABIP (.332) and a high HR/FB rate (18.2 percent), both of which can be expected to regress toward the mean next season. If the Phillies trust Pivetta's underlying numbers, he should be given a chance in the rotation again next year and could have more success. Still, he doesn't look like much more than a back-end starter long term.
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Rain-shortened outing
PPhiladelphia Phillies
July 17, 2019
Pivetta fired 2.1 hitless innings during which he allowed four walks and recorded four strikeouts Wednesday against the Dodgers. He did not factor into the decision.
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Takes another loss
PPhiladelphia Phillies
July 12, 2019
Pivetta (4-4) allowed three runs on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts across five innings while taking a loss against the Nationals on Friday.
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Hurt by homers Wednesday
PPhiladelphia Phillies
July 3, 2019
Pivetta (4-3) was dealt the loss Wednesday in Atlanta after surrendering six runs (five earned) on five hits over 5.1 innings. He struck out four and walked one.
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Missing out on two-start week
PPhiladelphia Phillies
July 1, 2019
Pivetta is scheduled to make his next start Wednesday against the Braves, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
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Allows two more homers
PPhiladelphia Phillies
June 26, 2019
Pivetta allowed four earned runs on nine hits and three walks while striking out three across 5.2 innings Wednesday against the Mets. He did not factor into the decision.
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