Oak's Corner: Thor – The Inflated ERA
Oak's Corner: Thor – The Inflated ERA

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The Week That Was

As drafts approached and I researched and prepped more, I found myself moving Noah Syndergaard up my draft boards, but after two months of the 2019 season, it sure doesn't feel like a very good decision. After a 2017 where he missed most of the season, I really liked that he managed 150-plus innings in 2018 with a strong ERA, and his trips to the DL were for a finger, and for hand, mouth and mouth disease. I really thought his next step up would be an elite season, assuming some modicum of health of course. Well, he has managed to take the hill every five days, but the ERA is an ugly 4.90, which grows in ugliness when you consider his draft day price.

An initial look at his stats shows that he should have some luck heading his way, as his strand rate is an extremely low 64.7 percent and his .333 BABIP is above his career norms, which helps to explain his much lower 3.60 FIP. But, after watching him and looking deeper at his profile, I'm not so sure anymore. When you watch Syndergaard, he feels like he's missing that put-away pitch that he possessed in 2015 and 2016. His strikeout rate still sits at 9.20 K/9, a bit above last year, but below the 2015 and 2016 seasons, but his swinging strike rate is easily the lowest of his career at 11.7 percent.

His velocity is still fantastic at 97.7 mph,

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Scott Jenstad
Scott Jenstad is a veteran of both NFBC and CDM fantasy games. He has won five NFBC Main Event league titles and finished twice in the Top 10 Overall. Scott is a hardcore fan of the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland A's and Golden State Warriors. Follow him on Twitter @ScottJenstad.
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