Wednesday, May 12, 2010
6.50 SO/9, sub-1.20 WHIP, 3.50+ ERA, 5+ starts
Ricky Nolasco 3-2, 3.66 ERA
Mat Latos 2-3, 4.19 ERA
That's it. There are 27 pitchers with 6.50 SO/9, sub-1.20 ERA and 5+ starts, but only 2 of them have an ERA over 3.50. Both Nolasco and Matos have allowed a lot of HR (7 apiece), especially compared to other pitchers on the list with 0 like Ubaldo Jimenez and Francisco Liriano.
Unfortunately, that problem doesn't always go away, but it can be overcome: as Curt Schilling got older, he improved his control, won more games, had a lower ERA, and still gave up a lot of home runs.
Ricky Nolasco is seemingly on the verge of stardom, with his low WHIP and high SO/9 and SO/BB totals. The good news is that he's had excellent SO and BB totals for a couple of years, so that will probably continue. He's already dominant in many starts, and just needs to be more consistent. At some point, I think he'll figure it out and elevate himself into the upper-echelon of ML pitchers.
Mat Latos has been pretty good lately, especially in his last start (8 IP, 0 ER, 9 SO, 0 BB vs. Astros). His high ERA is mostly the result of a terrible start against the Marlins on April 26th (2.2 IP, 7 ER). He's only 22, so consistency could be a problem at first for him too, but his ERA (4.19) should improve because his other numbers are too good for it to continue to be so high.
Update: Mat Latos tossed a 1 hit shutout today against the Giants, lowering his ERA to 3.32. Ricky Nolasco starts again on Sunday.
Posted by Brad Templeman at 11:04 PM