Jacob deGrom outpitched Clayton Kershaw in game 1 of the Dodgers/Mets NLDS on October 9.
Mark Buehrle is best known for throwing the slowest fastball in baseball, but he retires as a solidly above-average pitcher because of his control and command of his pitches.
Henry Owens has been inconsistently effective this year, but his changeup remains a potent weapon.
Rich Hill’s career has been notable mainly for injuries, but his 2015 starts at the age of 35 have been very impressive. His curve has been particularly excellent:
Zack Greinke can beat you with any one of 5 excellent pitches, and if he also wants to humiliate you he might throw you an eephus pitch too.
A couple days after I asked What’s Wrong With Setup Man Junichi Tazawa?, the Red Sox announced that he would be shut down for the rest of the year due to overwork.
Kansas City Royals Setup Man Wade Davis is having yet another superb year.
I looked at what’s happened to Rick Porcello’s pitches on his return from the DL (Red Sox Starter Rick Porcello Can Still Be Dominant)
Joe Kelly has had a run of success. Is it partly because he’s becoming less predictable?
In all, Barnes probably neither hurt nor helped himself with this outing. While he didn’t show himself to be a sure-fire starter, he also had many factors working against him, and showed a number of good points. While his future is more likely to be in the pen than as a starter, he showed signs that he does have a major-league career ahead of him.