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Felix Pena


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We need at least one positive thread. Pena notched his first official quality start last night - 6 IP, 2 ER - and definitely did not have his best stuff. 

Through 6 starts now:
2.73 ERA, .223 BAA, 1.25 WHIP in 29.2 IP - 12 walks and 32 strikeouts 

His peripherals are far more favorable than anything Bridwell did, yet he hasn't garnered much discussion here yet. Thoughts? 

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16 minutes ago, totdprods said:

We need at least one positive thread. Pena notched his first official quality start last night - 6 IP, 2 ER - and definitely did not have his best stuff. 

Through 6 starts now:
2.73 ERA, .223 BAA, 1.25 WHIP in 29.2 IP - 12 walks and 32 strikeouts 

His peripherals are far more favorable than anything Bridwell did, yet he hasn't garnered much discussion here yet. Thoughts? 

This season has kinda beat us all up so at this point its kind of hard to notice the good things.

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21 minutes ago, Stradling said:

He will garner more praise with the more longer outings he has.  Tough to praise a starter who uses up all his pitches in 4 plus innings.  

That's not true...

In his 6 starts, he's pitched into the 6th three times (6 IP and twice 5.1 IP), 5th once (an even 5 innings), and 4th twice - his first MLB start, and the other in an interleague game.

He's basically averaging 5 innings and 78 pitches every start. That's pretty efficient. 
Same average length as Richards' starts, who averaged 85 pitches and 5 innings a start.

Barria (14 GS): averaging 84 pitches, 5 innings
Richards (15 GS)*: averaging 85 pitches, 5 IP
Pena (6 GS): averaging 78 pitches, 5 IP
Tropeano (11 GS): averaging 85 pitches, 5.1 IP
Ohtani (7 GS)**: 96 pitches, 6 IP
Skaggs (18 GS): averaging 98 pitches, 6 innings 
Heaney (18 GS): averaging 93 pitches, 6 innings (he's actually been the most efficient)
*didn't include Richards last game where he left early
** didn't count Ohtani's injury shortened Boston and KC starts

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Eppler has his strengths and weaknesses like any other GM. One of his strengths is finding minor leaguers that can be effective major league pitchers. Or finding relievers that could be good starters.

He's also very good at building a farm, and his trading ability (or successes) far exceeds Dipoto's tenure with the Angels.

Now if we could just surround Trout with other bats and build a bullpen....

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55 minutes ago, mulwin444 said:

Yeah, he's been a nice pick-up.  Eppler got him from Chicago at the end of last seasons for a PTBN.  

His last 5 starts: 25.2 IP 23 H 8 ER 9 BB 26 K 2.86 ERA 1.269 WHIP averaging 5 IP per game

I'd like to see him stretched out to 90+ pitches by the end of the year if his performance holds up

 

I think Pena has out-performed most of the free agent pitchers available last off season.  That is a huge "good job" for Eppler. 

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