Nick Pivetta
Nick Pivetta
28-Year-Old PitcherSP
Boston Red Sox
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Pivetta failed to win a starting job with the Phillies, so he began the 2020 season as a reliever. Through three appearances, Pivetta was sporting a 15.88 ERA and 1.94 WHIP with three homers and just four whiffs in 5.2 innings. The struggles prompted Pivetta to lose his roster spot before he was dealt to the Red Sox on Aug. 21. Pivetta was stretched out at Boston's alternate training facility as the Red Sox viewed him as a starter. Pivetta was recalled and made two starts, each lasting five frames with four hits and one earned run allowed. In those 10 innings, he fanned 13 with five walks. The results were enough for Pivetta to get a spring audition as a back-end starter in Boston's depleted rotation. Pivetta will be just 28 years old and the Red Sox are hoping he can rediscover the promising skills displayed in his first two seasons. Perhaps a change of scenery will help, but the wait-and-see approach is recommended. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Phillies in March of 2018. Traded to the Red Sox in August of 2020.
Settles for no-decision Friday
PBoston Red Sox
May 14, 2021
Pivetta didn't factor into the decision in Friday's 4-3 win over the Angels, giving up two runs on four hits over six-plus innings. He struck out seven without walking a batter.
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He delivered his second straight quality start and third of the season, but Pivetta was denied his sixth win when Anthony Rendon led off the top of the seventh inning with a single to drive the right-hander from the game, and Matt Andriese subsequently let Rendon come around to score. Pivetta will take a 3.16 ERA and 42:22 K:BB through 42.2 innings into his next outing.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
94
Last 10 Games
94
Last 5 Games
95
How many pitches does Nick Pivetta generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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81-90
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
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81-90
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
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101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Nick Pivetta generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
Even Split
2021
 
 
-15%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-37%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-11%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .258 296 64 38 66 12 4 14
Since 2019vs Right .258 347 79 27 79 16 3 12
2021vs Left .206 77 19 13 13 2 0 2
2021vs Right .176 95 23 9 15 4 1 1
2020vs Left .412 18 5 1 7 1 1 2
2020vs Right .259 32 7 3 7 3 0 1
2019vs Left .261 201 40 24 46 9 3 10
2019vs Right .294 220 49 15 57 9 2 10
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-25%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-1%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-81%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-17%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 5.46 1.48 92.1 7 3 1 8.7 3.8 1.6
Since 2019Away 4.07 1.32 59.2 4 3 0 8.9 4.2 1.7
2021Home 3.16 1.17 25.2 2 0 0 9.1 4.6 0.4
2021Away 3.18 1.18 17.0 3 0 0 8.5 4.8 1.1
2020Home 9.28 1.69 10.2 1 0 0 10.1 3.4 2.5
2020Away 1.80 1.20 5.0 1 0 0 9.0 3.6 1.8
2019Home 5.79 1.59 56.0 4 3 1 8.2 3.5 1.9
2019Away 4.78 1.41 37.2 0 3 0 9.1 4.1 1.9
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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 2019 data (min 120 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
1.91
 
K/9
8.9
 
BB/9
4.6
 
HR/9
0.6
 
Fastball
94.7 mph
 
ERA
3.16
 
WHIP
1.17
 
BABIP
.242
 
GB/FB
1.05
 
Left On Base
76.4%
 
Exit Velocity
81.4 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.6%
 
Spin Rate
2380 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
20.6%
 
Swinging Strike
10.7%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
2018
2019 was supposed to be Pivetta's breakout campaign, as his underlying numbers suggested that a big improvement from his 4.77 ERA was coming. Unfortunately for those who bought into the hype, that didn't come close to happening. He was sent to the minors in mid-April after posting an 8.35 ERA in his first four starts and never really got things together even after returning in late May, posting a 4.66 ERA the rest of way. He lost his rotation spot for good in mid-July, spending the rest of the year in the bullpen. Pivetta's rough season was the product of his numbers falling off across the board. His BB% rose from 7.4% to 9.3%, while his formerly promising 27.1 K% plummeted to 21.1 K%. He also saw his HR/9 balloon to 1.92. The Phillies don't have much reason to bring the Canadian back into the rotation, and there's little reason to believe he'll suddenly become a relief ace.
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.
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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Back from COVID IL
PBoston Red Sox
May 13, 2021
The Red Sox reinstated Pivetta from the COVID-19-related injured list Thursday.
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Hopeful to start Friday
PBoston Red Sox
Illness
May 13, 2021
Manager Alex Cora said Pivetta (illness) was feeling better Thursday, leaving the Red Sox optimistic he'll be ready to start Friday's game against the Angels, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
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Lands on COVID IL
PBoston Red Sox
Illness
May 12, 2021
Pivetta was placed on the COVID-19 injured list Wednesday while experiencing side effects from the vaccine.
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Earns fifth win
PBoston Red Sox
May 9, 2021
Pivetta (5-0) allowed two runs on three hits and three walks while striking out two in six innings to earn the win against the Orioles on Sunday.
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Improves to 4-0
PBoston Red Sox
May 4, 2021
Pivetta (4-0) allowed three earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out eight across five innings to earn the win Tuesday against the Tigers.
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