Collette Calls: End-Gamers Off to Hot Starts

Collette Calls: End-Gamers Off to Hot Starts

This article is part of our Collette Calls series.

Once we all knew exactly how long the baseball season would be, assuming ALL players start taking the guidelines more seriously, we knew variance would reign supreme this season. That said, I still cannot grasp the concept that 5-10 games into the season, depending on the situation, that the pitcher with the leading swing-and-miss rate (min. 50 pitches thrown) is Chasen Shreve

  1. Chasen Shreve - 28 percent
  2. Luis Castillo - 25 percent
  3. Jalen Beeks - 24 percent
  4. Grant Dayton - 23 percent
  5. A.J. Minter - 22 percent

The leaderboard looks a bit different when we raise the minimum to 100 pitches:

  1. Luis Castillo - 25 percent
  2. Jalen Beeks - 24 percent
  3. Shane Bieber - 22 percent
  4. Max Scherzer - 21 percent
  5. Trevor Bauer - 20 percent

In both cases, Jalen Beeks (741 ADP) rates highly. This is the same Beeks who worked as a bulk guy last year and won six games with a 4.41 FIP and an 11 percent K-BB%. This season, he has a 1.72 FIP and a 41 percent K-BB% having struck out 14 of the 29 batters he has faced this season. 

Coming into the season, Beeks said he was dropping his cutter and adding a slider.  The other thing he has done is move as far to the third base side of the pitching rubber as legally possible. The pitch data at BaseballSavants shows that the cutter is still around, but the curveball is gone and Beeks is mostly going changeup and four-seamer

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Jason Collette
Jason has been helping fantasy owners since 1999 at RotoJunkie, Fanball, Baseball Prospectus and now here at RotoWire. He covers the Tampa Bay Rays at You can hear Jason weekly on many of the Sirius/XM Fantasy channel offerings throughout the season as well as on the Sleeper and the Bust podcast on iTunes. An eight-time FSWA finalist, Jason won the FSWA's Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year award in 2013 and the Baseball Series of the Year award in 2018 for Collette Calls.
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