Drew Smyly Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 2" / 188 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 6/13/1989 (32)
Drew Smyly Season Stats
Last 10 Games
Drew Smyly News
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Drew Smyly will remain in the bullpen for likely the rest of the season. The veteran lefty seems to have lost his spot in the rotation to youngster Touki Toussaint. To be fair, Smyly hasn't been too reliable with a 4.71 ERA in 116 2/3 innings. He signed a one-year deal with Atlanta over the offseason. The expectation is that he'll head elsewhere next season.
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Drew Smyly continued his lackluster play during Sunday's win over the Washington Nationals. He went four innings, six hits allowed, three earned runs, one walk, and four strikeouts in the 6-5 victory. Smyly has failed to reach the fifth inning in four of his last five outings. He'll take a 4.50 ERA and 1.38 WHIP over 106 innings into his next outing versus the Baltimore Orioles. On paper, Smyly should be able to handle that lineup, but he shouldn't be considered a reliable fantasy option right now.
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Drew Smyly posted a no-decision during a lackluster outing against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday. He went four innings, six hits allowed, three earned runs, walked one batter, and struck out two. All the damage was done on a first inning home run by Nolan Arenado. Smyly only lasted 75 pitches in this one before being pulled for a pinch hitter in the fifth inning. He'll attempt to lower his 4.50 ERA and 1.41 WHIP during his next outing against the Cincinnati Reds. That won't be a favorable matchup for Smyly and one where he can be avoided.
Atlanta Braves starter Drew Smyly was dominant in seven appearances for San Francisco last season, posting a 3.42 ERA and a monster 37.8% strikeout rate in 2020. It was the first time Smyly finished with an ERA lower than 4.88 since 2015, and after a long, treacherous journey recovering from Tommy John, Smyly looks ready to produce at the big league level again. The southpaw rediscovered his killer curveball in 2020, a pitch that generated a 40.8% chase rate and 22.4% swinging strike rate last season. Opposing batters flailed hopelessly at Smyly's bender, posting just a .184 BA and a 55 wRC+ against the pitch in 2020. Smyly also used his curveball 36.5% of the time, which was a career high by far. As a fragile lefty with a strong curveball and big upside, the best comparison for Smyly seems to be Rich Hill. That could be either a good thing or bad thing depending on how you look at it, but Smyly certainly has the potential and pedigree to be dominant in short bursts. It would be a miracle to see Smyly top 150 innings pitched in a 162-game season, but he's capable of providing an incredible 50-125 innings between IL stints. He's also capable of making two starts and spending the rest of the year on the shelf, or imploding completely and posting an ERA north of five. When considering whether to draft Smyly (ADP ~228) one should consider their risk appetite and willingness to stream replacement starters. There's a spot for Smyly on someone's fantasy team, but that manager must be willing to roll with the punches. The reward may very well be worth it for those who draft Smyly.