The pitching this week wasn't bad, but it definitely wasn't excellent. None of the starters (besides our winner) could pitch well enough to place, and the relievers that made it didn't pitch very many innings at all. Here's to hoping for a Dallas Keuchel no-hitter by this time next week.
Fields pitched 2.2 innings this week over three games and only allows two baserunners (both hits) while tallying five #whiffs. He's been excellent on the season as a whole. After his injury, he has returned to allow 1 run in 11.2 innings while putting up a 20/3 K/BB ratio. He's putting up the stats we expected him to put up this season. If Gregerson didn't have the big deal, Fields would be pitching the ninth.
In two games, Harris has also pitched two games and allowed nothing but two walks while K-ing five. The waiver claim from Arizona has a laughably excellent 0.40 ERA this year (only run was a solo shot), has given up six hits and six walks, and has 29 Ks in 22.2 innings. His FIP and xFIP are both just over 2.00, and he has 0.5 WAR on the season. And his ERA- is 10. Yeah, he's really good.
Lance McCullers, Jr.
The rookie wins it! In 6 innings, McCullers allowed 6 hits, two runs, his only walk was intentional, and he struck out six on his way to his first win of the season. He hasn't had much time to tally stats, but why not take a look at his minor league stats? 13.34 K/9, 0.62 ERA, and a 2.16 FIP. McCullers has looked surprisingly poised on the mound and it looks like he may be here to stay. It's great to see Luhnow's first draftees succeeding thus far.