First Quarter Report Card (Starting Pitchers)

First Quarter Report Card for Relief Pitchers and the grading scale can be found here.

+++FIRST QUARTER REPORT CARD (STARTING PITCHERS ONLY)+++

Cole Hamels

Name IP W SV K ERA WHIP
C. Hamels 56.2 1 0 47 4.61 1.29

Who knew Cole was short for Colbert?  Also, who knew Hamels, with only one win after nine starts (and it looks like he is going to take the L against the Marlins (the f*&^%$&!! Marlins) tonight) would become this season’s Cliff Lee (Lee managed only 6 wins last season despite 30 starts (he didn’t get his first win in 2012 until July 4th)).  After getting shelled for 13 runs in 10-2/3 innings in his first two starts, Hamels had an ERA of 2.41 over his next six starts, yet garnered only one win (and following that six game stretch, he imploded against the Indians with a five run, five inning clunker). Save for his 2009 season, Hamels has been about as steady as Pat Riley’s hair.  So hopefully this is just a blip in what will become a normal Hamels season.

Adam Wainwright

Name IP W SV K ERA WHIP
A. Wainwright 64.2 5 0 63 2.51 1.01

Waino is currently sporting a K/BB ratio of 12.6. The single season mark is held by Bret Saberhagen at 11.00 (set in 1994) and Curt Shilling owns the NL mark at 9.58 (set in 2002).  His K/9 rate at is a career high and his WHIP represents a career low.

Here’s some additional interesting tidbits on Waino’s incredible control this year:

∙ He became the first pitcher since 1900 to record 28 strikeouts against zero walks over the first four starts of a season.

∙ He went 34-2/3 innings before issuing a free pass, good for the second longest walk-free stretch by Cardinal to open a season (besting the immortal Pea Ridge Day’s 29-2/3 innings but falling short of Slim Sallee’s mark of 40 innings set in 1913 (really, where have all the good nicknames gone?)).

Since we are rolling out some useless trivia here, why not add some more:

∙ Waino currently has the 4th best ERA+ of any active pitcher with at least 1000 innings pitched.

∙ He was drafted by his hometown Braves, who then traded him to the Cards for JD Drew on the day he proposed to his wife (imagine that ALT rotation if this trade never happened).

∙ Wainwright received the most first place votes in the 2009 Cy Young Award balloting, yet finshed third.

∙ The tenth president of the United States, John Tyler (“His Accidency”), who was born in 1790, has two living grandsons. President Tyler fathered Lyon Tyler in 1853 at the ripe old age of 63. Lyon, in turn, fathered Lyon Junior in 1924 (at the age of 71) and Harrison Ruffin Tyler in 1928 (at the age of 75!).

Matt Harvey

Name IP W SV K ERA WHIP
M. Harvey 63.2 5 0 68 1.55 0.72

What more can be said? He is the number one ranked pitcher in Yahoo! and he graced the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated.

Alex Cobb

Name IP W SV K ERA WHIP
A. Cobb 53.0 4 0 52 2.89 1.17

As I am sure you all recall, I drafted Julio Teheran and Cobb at the 18/19 turn with the hopes that at least one of them would become a fixture in the Killers’ rotation.  Cobb has certainly stepped up to the plate (mound?).  His quirky 13 K game brought his K/9 ratio up, while his percentages, especially his ERA, have been solid.  Great return for a 19th round selection.