We have a saying for whenever a good pitcher has a bad start at Coors Field.
"He gets a pass for this one."
That park is like no other, most any baseball fan would tell you. The ball doesn't move the same way a mile above sea level. Pitchers aren't really themselves there and, thus, can't be judged like themselves.
But when that pitcher is Jake Arrieta, who was a mild disappointment in the second half last year, has been a mild disappointment in the early going this year and wears the uniform that provokes the most emotional of responses, whether favorably or unfavorably, these days, it's a drain on our collective patience.
Last week,that the Fantasy Baseball ace -- a pitcher who consistently pitches 6-7 innings with more than a strikeout per inning and respectable ERA and WHIP -- is a dying breed, with only 15-25 pitchers in the discussion and no obvious candidates knocking at the door. If you unload one of them -- in this case, Arrieta -- what hope do you have of finding another?
But, guys ...
Never have we graded a Coors Field start so harshly. Arrieta entered the day with 10.2 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9 in a year when nobody can pitch.— Scott White (@CBSScottWhite) May 9, 2017
Yeah, but ...
But it wasn't just Scherzer.
Sure, Jake Arrieta's numbers look bad after 7 starts, but Max Scherzer had a 4.60 ERA and Justin Verlander a 5.40 ERA through 7 last year.— Scott White (@CBSScottWhite) May 9, 2017
Terrible, you say?
I felt genuine anger well up in me during that Jake Arrieta exchange. His owners are probably just venting, but I'll be making offers today.— Scott White (@CBSScottWhite) May 9, 2017
Yes, they probably were just venting. From Matt Harvey to Alex Bregman to Matt Carpenter (since redeemed), I've seen owners "lose faith" in countless players this season, but when push comes to shove, nope, they want full price for him. If this poll conducted among Arrieta owners and non-owners alike is any indication, though, I'm saying there's a chance:
Buy or sell Jake Arrieta right now?— Scott White (@CBSScottWhite) May 9, 2017
Some of the offers I made in an attempt to buy low ...
- Gregory Polanco for Arrieta
- Dee Gordon for Arrieta (Roto-specific, this one)
- Cody Bellinger and Jerad Eickhoff for Arrieta
Of course, there are no guarantees with any struggling player, which is why you shouldn't need to -- and unless you're hard up for pitching, have little incentive to -- pay full price for Arrieta.