Mike Foltynewicz has had two straight phenomenal starts. It’s too soon to say that he’s figured it all out, but he has been nothing short of extraordinary in May. Here are his last two starts:
He has not walked a man since the second inning on May 2. His last two starts, he’s thrown 70% strikes — league average is 63.4% — while sitting at 95-96 with his hard stuff and 83 with offspeed. And he’s done it for this miserable offense, which gave him nothing until the sixth inning, meaning that he had to endure the indignity of being forced to swap zeroes with Dillon Gee before the offense finally broke through with a three-spot in the sixth. A couple of insurance runs in the eighth provided additional Reitsma Room, and for once, Ian Krol and Jason Grilli resembled competent major leaguers.
Just for comparison, here’s what Matt Wisler has done over his last two starts:
Wisler’s done that while sitting at 94 with his fastball and 82-87 with his breaking and offspeed stuff.
Over the last couple of weeks, these guys have gone deep into games, which has meant that they’ve been more efficient than they were in the past, avoided big innings, and given the bullpen a breather. There will be more downs to go with the ups, but we finally have a couple of players on this team worth watching.