Nothing matters other than Amir Garrett’s performance.
His FIP was -0.10. (That’s a minus sign.)
The rookie left-hander threw seven innings, striking out 12 Orioles and walking just one. Garrett gave up seven hits, all but one were singles. He didn’t throw a wild pitch or hit a batter. Garrett provided ticket-holders free pizza during the 6th inning. After three major league starts, his ERA/FIP/xFIP is 1.83/2.04/2.67. In 19.2 innings, he has 21 strikeouts, given up 3 walks and but one homer. As Thom Brennaman was using his deep-concern voice to express doubts about Garrett facing the Orioles lineup a third time, the amped-up 24-year-old was striking out the side in the 6th. Hashtag: Analysis.
Throw this recap on the pile of positive posts we’ve written about Garrett: Nick Carrington predicted he’d be the best of the young pitchers, Jason Linden said we could go ahead and count on him, and Chad Dotson wrote about Garrett’s basketball prowess. Here is Nick Kirby’s recap from Garrett’s first start, and Chad’s recap of his second.
Everything else: The Reds bats never woke up against Ubaldo Jimenez and continued to snooze against the O’s bullpen. They managed two hits – singles by Eugenio Suarez and Tucker Barnhart – and three walks. Wandy Peralta struck out the side on ten pitches in a dominant inning.
But back to the only thing that matters. Yes, it’s only been three starts. The point isn’t that Amir Garrett IS a great major league pitcher. Garrett will have his ups and downs as his rookie year continues. It’s that he’s proven the talent is there.
Remember, we’re sorting. After three starts, you can put Amir Garrett in the “will be major league pitcher” category. No mere accomplishment.
The win statistic is a dumb way to evaluate pitchers. Tonight, it’s a dumb way to determine how you, as a Reds fan, ought to feel. And that’s elated.
Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky’s Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve’s thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.