WHIP - Walks plus Hits per Inning Pitched
BABIP - Batting Average on Balls In Play
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Aaron Nola's individual lines are what you should expect from a Friday starter in non-conference play. The most impressive thing about Nola's stats thus far is his very low WHIP of 0.692 and he has only faced ten batters with a runner in scoring position. Granted he has given up six hits in those situations, but half of those hits occurred in the seventh inning against Washington (he was perfect in that game until then). The best thing is that Nola has kept those situations to a minimum. Nola leads the starters in K% at 33%. That's nuts. 1/3 of the time, he has struck out batters.
Ryan Eades has had a tougher time than Aaron Nola or Cody Glenn. Opponents are getting on base more consistently against Eades. His WHIP is 1.160 and his BABIP is 0.301. Both are highest amongst the three starters. Eades has been great at getting timely outs though. Batters with RISP against Eades only have three hits in twenty three chances. Guys may get on base against Eades, but they don't score often.
Cody Glenn has been a great surprise for the pitching staff. In his four starts, he has the lowest ERA and BABIP among the starting pitchers. Like Eades, Glenn has come up large in tough spots. In the 19 times he has faces batters with RISP, he has given up zero hits. He has induced a team high four double plays, which has helped him further limit his opponents chances. Unlike Eades and Nola, Glenn is primarily a ground ball pitcher with a ground out percentage of 40%, which is a big plus. It usually means that he does not have to work as hard to get batters out.
Brent Bonvillain started the season as a starter, so I'll include him here to see why he lost his starting job to Glenn. Bonvillain struggled in his three starts. He had a fairly high walk rate of 15% and has a team high WHIP of 1.385. His opponent's on base percentage against him is high at 0.325. His strike percentage was also off somewhat at 59.9%. When you see these numbers, it's not hard to see why Glenn was given the Sunday job. Bonvillain was a great middle reliever for the Tigers last year, so he should be comfortable being put back into that role.
Rumbelow has been good since returning from injury, but has some areas he could improve on. He has struggled with his control some with a strike percentage of 57%. The good thing is that he does not allow many base runners with a BABIP of 0.200 and WHIP of 0.789.
Joey Bourgeois has been somewhat inconsistent in his appearances, which is reflected in his numbers. His overall WHIP is low at 0.808, but his BABIP is high at 0.353. Bourgeois is going to be the go to K guy out of the pen though. His K% is through the roof at 41%. If the team needs strikeout, expect Mainieri to go to Bourgeois.
Will LaMarche has been hit or miss as well. His BABIP is low at 0.238, but he has one of the higher WHIP's on the team at 1.250. LaMarche has a strike percentage of 59.7%, which is lower than the team average. His lower than normal strike percentage is the main influence of his 15% walk rate. He has limited opportunities against him very well, only giving up one hit on eleven batters faced with RISP.
Hunter Devall has some high stats that may be cause for concern somewhat. He has the highest BABIP on the team at 0.435 and the highest batting average against him at 0.303. He has also given up four hits on twelve chances when facing a batter with RISP. While this might be somewhat alarming, he has been getting good experience as a true freshman. He is a hard throwing left hander, something you don't see too often in college baseball. The more experience and coaching he gets is only a plus at this point.
Chris Cotton is off to a very good start as the LSU closer this season. The guy throws strikes more consistently than anyone with at 71.8% strike percentage. He also has one of the lowest WHIPs on the team at 0.750. His BABIP is high at 0.348, but he has limited chances against him, only giving up two hits on ten attempts when facing batters with RISP. Unless Cotton starts blowing saves regularly, he is the closer.