Six MLB pitchers quietly dominating in the second half

Six MLB pitchers quietly dominating in the second half

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Six MLB pitchers quietly dominating in the second half


Cal Quantrill, San Diego Padres

Most of the rookie spotlight in San Diego belongs to Fernando Tatis Jr., and honestly, everybody can understand why. Especially when he makes ridiculous plays like the one he did on Monday night.

But you know what? Cal Quantrill has put together a nice little campaign of his own, even though it won’t make any waves in the National League Rookie of the Year race. Through 16 appearances (11 starts), the right-hander has posted a 5-3 record with a 3.21 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 19.7% strikeout rate, 6.2% walk rate, and 1.0 fWAR while tossing 70 innings.

His 4.55 SIERA shows a bit of concern, which makes sense because he’s allowed hard contact at a 39.8% rate to go along with a 20.8% line-drive rate and just a .266 BABIP.

This solid rookie campaign has been made possible by a ridiculously effective second half, which includes a 0.93 ERA and .207 wOBA against in 29 innings. Although his strikeout rate has gone down a couple percentage points, he’s paired it with improved control — his walk rate has gone from 7.3% in the first half to 4.5% in the second half. However, both his hard-hit rate allowed (40.5%) and fly-ball rate allowed (37.8%) have increased in the second half, but his homers allowed per fly ball rate has dropped from 17.9% to 3.2%.

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