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20 Pitchers, Who Unlike Aaron Harang, Are Not Bout That Sub-2 ERA Life

It’s Memorial Day Weekend, and Phillies pitcher Aaron Harang is bout that sub-2 ERA life.

To be exact, he’s bout that 1.93 ERA life and has nine quality starts in 10 games this season. Despite being bout that sub-2 ERA life, Harang sits at 4-4 on the season, a misleading win-loss record and simultaneous testament to how much the Phillies offense has struggled at times.

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That ERA though. Let’s have some fun with it. Below is a list of 20 notable pitchers who are not about that sub-2 ERA life, many of which are perennial Cy Young contenders.

  • Clayton Kershaw (4.32)
  • Madison Bumgarner (2.84)
  • David Price (3.32)
  • Matt Harvey (2.91)
  • Felix Hernandez (2.19)
  • Jon Lester (3.56)
  • Jeff Samardzija (4.28)
  • Corey Kluber (3.49)
  • James Shields (3.49)
  • Chris Sale (4.21)
  • Jordan Zimmerman (3.52)
  • Johnny Cueto (3.03)
  • Clay Buchholz (4.58)
  • Jason Hammel (3.14)
  • Francisco Liriano (3.86)
  • Doug Fister (4.31)
  • Michael Pineda (3.59)
  • Jered Weaver (4.37)
  • Dan Haren (3.09)
  • And last — and in this case also least — Stephen Strasburg (6.50)

Being bout that sub 2 ERA life is a lifestyle. Some folks just can’t hang with Aaron Harang.

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Our Dude Madison Bumgarner is Dominating

If you follow this blog at all, you know that Madison Bumgarner is my dude, and if you have found any time to watch the MLB playoffs, then you know that my dude is absolutely crushing it.

After keeping the Giants season alive a week and a half ago with a complete game shutout against the Pirates, my preseasonĀ NL Cy Young pick was at it again last night, out-dueling noted big game pitcher Adam Wainwright and defeating the Cardinals in Game 1 of the NLCS.

In between, Bumgarner lost a start against the Nationals but still more than held his own, only surrendering two earned runs over seven innings.

Bumgarner’s playoff stats through three games are as follows:

23.2 IP, 14 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 23 K, .76 ERA

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This was not difficult to foresee though when you recall that heĀ nearly threw a perfect game against the Rockies back in late August.

If I am being honest, I am rooting for whichever team advances from the American League, but if I had to predict a World Series winner right now, it would be the Giants. They get hot every time they see October, and Bumgarner is a huge reason why at the moment.

Clayton Kershaw is obviously going to eventually take home the NL Cy Young award, but NLCS and World Series MVP would be a pretty sweet ‘consolation’ prize.

My NL Cy Young Pick Nearly Threw a Perfect Game Last Night

Back on the eve of baseball season, I made a prediction that I essentially knew had little chance of coming to fruition.

Every year, I make a bunch of baseball picks, and in 2014, I selected Madison Bumgarner as my NL Cy Young winner.

I feel like I got earlier exposure to the San Francisco lefty than some others because he was a vital part of the Giants defeating the Phillies in the 2010 NLCS. I liked his peripherals and always thought he had a breakout year coming.

Plus, it was just more fun than the stereotypical Clayton Kershaw or Adam Wainwright pick. Everyone who makes predictions gets a safe one when they choose Mike Trout for AL MVP but after that, you need to have some fun.

Bumgarner won’t win it, but he should solicit some votes, and he showed last night why he could one day challenge Kershaw for it, tossing a one-hit complete game gem against the Rockies and carrying a perfect game into the eighth inning.

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Justin Morneau, who currently stands between Ben Revere and a batting title, ruined the party with six outs to go when he laced a double off the right field wall.

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No worries though. Bumgarner promptly recovered, striking out four of the final six Rockies batters. Some will point out that the Rockies have the second worst record in the league, but they also have the second highest run total in all of baseball.

The Giants’ lefty entered last night 22nd in pitching WAR with a solid 3.0. He has a 3.02 ERA backed up by a 3.00 FIP. His strikeout rate per nine innings is 9.15, and he is now tied for the league lead in wins with 15 (whatever that means).

Even though I will ultimately be wrong, thanks for making me look smart for a night. You also may have put my on the bubble fantasy team in the playoffs, so high five.

Do your thing, Mad Bum. Maybe someday, maybe someday.

In the Latest Example of the Baseball Gods Hating Philadelphia, King Felx Will not Pitch Against the Phillies

The surprisingly good Seattle Mariners will make a cross country trip beginning on Monday night to face the unsurprisingly not good Philadelphia Phillies in a three game-series at Citizens Bank Park, and sadly, Felix Hernandez will not be a part of it.

The best pitcher of the last decade and American League Cy Young favorite will only be able to watch from the visitors dugout since he just pitched Saturday night and will not start again until next Friday at Fenway Park against the Red Sox.

Reading this, you’re probably thinking ‘meh, ace pitchers miss teams all the time.’

That is true, but the thing that especially sucks about this situation is Hernandez as of a week ago was on track pitch the final game of the Phillies series.

Hernandez pitched on August 5th, and the Mariners did not have an off day until this past Thursday, the 14th. Rather than pitch on four days rest like normal, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon shuffled his rotation, which pushed his ace back an extra day.

Instead of going August 5th, August 10, and August 15, he went, August 5th, August 11th, and August 16th.

The first schedule would have put him on track to pitch the Wednesday series finale, but that disappointingly is no longer the case.

If any of that was hard to follow, here’s a link and screenshot of the Mariners recent schedule to illustrate what I just wrote.

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I first noticed this a week ago but held off on writing about it hoping for some kind of miracle.

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As you can see, a friend of mine who is a Mariners fan provided some hope, but in this instance, McClendon’s aforementioned decision worked against us.

To pour some extra salt on an open wound, Cole Hamels is scheduled to pitch on Wednesday for the Phillies. We could have had Hamels-Hernandez and instead we’re getting Hamels-James Paxton.

Paxton is a pretty nice young pitcher, but he’s not King Felix, who is currently rocking a 1.99 ERA and leading all pitchers in WAR.

If I had to make a list of individual MLB players who I would fork over top dollar to see live, King Felix would be third, trailing only Clayton Kershaw and Mike Trout respectively.

If you are seriously invested in the Phillies right now, you are a better fan than me. I still watch most games, but the broadcasts have kinda turned into background noise while multi-tasking on something else. One of the game’s brightest stars in town, however, would have piqued my interest.

In a way, it would almost be a win-win situation. Either the Phillies beat one of the best (something they accomplished when they were one of the best in 2011) and have a nice memory to take away from a lost season, or you get to say that you saw him dominate in-person.

The Mariners have not been to Philadelphia since 2002, and there is no telling when they will be back again.

If you need a team to root for though with the Phillies out of it, might I suggest them? They are currently a half game back of the second wildcard spot in the American League.

Outside of Robinson Cano and Austin Jackson, there are not a lot of recognizable faces in the everyday lineup, but if they crash the playoff party, their starting rotation could make them the life of the party.

Everyone talks about feeling bad for Giancarlo Stanton wasting some awesome years playing for the Marlins, but he is still only 24 years old. His time will come. The Mariners ace has been dominating since 2005 but hasn’t seen an October yet. This might be his best shot.

Unfortunately, rooting for the Mariners won’t solve our immediate problem. We were one day, one Lloyd McClendon decision away from getting Hernandez-Hamels. An amazing matchup to spice up a dull August will not come to fruition.

Another disappointment in a season of them. This time though, you can’t blame Ruben Amaro, although I’m sure some people will still find a way.