Has Ricky Nolasco Turned the Corner?

Jul 4, 2011


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In five starts starting with a epic disaster that saw Ricky give up eight runs on fifteen hits over five innings on May 29th through June 18th, Nolasco was 0-3 with a 8.20 ERA. Obviously giving up eight runs in five innings is going to skew your numbers a bit, but he gave up at least five runs in three of those five outings, and four in another. To be blunt, he stunk.
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It was frustrating because prior to that implosion on May 29th, Ricky was 4-0 with a 3.04 ERA. He had seven quality starts in his first eight starts.
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In his past two starts, Ricky has settled in, firing two more quality starts, including a complete game shutout against Oakland. His ERA over that two-game stretch is 1.69. Those starts did come against Seattle and Oakland though, which certainly aren’t the cream of the crop offensively.
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The real test should come today when he takes on the Phillies again. Last time he held them to one earned run over 6-1/3 innings (1.42 ERA). Though he’s been hot of late, I wouldn’t blame you for sitting that one out.
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Time will tell if he’s turned the corner, but it does appear that better days are ahead. He’s been slightly better at home (3.70 home ERA, 4.47 road ERA), but not significant enough to alter your plans. I’d use him when his match-ups are favorable until he proves that he is truly back to form.
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