Right on the heels of the great news that Pete Parise was assigned from the AA Springfield Cardinals to the AAA Memphis Redbirds, other Dynasty pitchers had excellent outings, which will only help to boost their value in front of their respective front offices. I give up-to-date information on my clients as often as possible through my Twitter account, leading one of my followers, Brandon Guernsey, to write: “u know how to pick ur pitchers. thats a good montra to have… montra? right word? not sure…” Sure, we’ll go with it.
Last night, Kyle McPherson got the start for the Class A West Virginia Power of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. McPherson entered the game with an inflated ERA due to a couple of rough starts in the very beginning of the season. Before last night, Kyle had been 3-0 in his previous 5 starts, striking out 15 and only walking 2 batters in that span. Yesterday, the 6’3 205 lb pitcher from Mobile, Alabama went 6.2 innings and picked up the win, bringing his season record to 5-1. In the outing, McPherson did not give up a single run or walk. The opposition did not get a single hit off of Kyle until the 5th inning. On the season, he has struck out 30 batters while only walking 6. I’ll take that ratio any day.
We have two men on the Power, and fortunately for us, both made appearances in last night’s 1-0 win. When Kyle left the game, another reliever came in to close the 7th. In the 8th, Ryan Kelly (we call him R-Kelly at Dynasty) came in and pitched lights out to pick up his 4th save of the season and his 2nd of the homestand. He only gave up one hit, struck out a single batter, and walked none. His ERA is extremely inflated from a very tough June 6th outing. Besides that one blip, R-Kelly has been Mr. Consistency.
And then there is Dan Leatherman. He was not supposed to enter either game in last night’s double header, but when the 2nd game went into extra innings against his hometown Frederick Keys, he got the call. In 2 innings, he struck out 3 batters and only gave up a single hit. Leatherman ended up getting the win, improving his season record to 3-0. He loves entering the game in what should be stressful situations. This is a man who just loves having the ball in his hand. We hope he continues to have success, because he is a guy who would help out any clubhouse.
As a side note, if you are on the computer today, go and check out live updates from the GEICO Shootout on Belmo’s Facebook page. Even www.pba.com is supporting it!