Drew Smyly Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 2" / 188 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 6/13/1989 (32)
Drew Smyly Season Stats
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Drew Smyly News
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Drew Smyly had one of his better outings of the season against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday. Smyly went six innings, allowing six hits and three earned runs, while striking out seven batters. He struggled heavily to start the season, but it appears Smyly is finally finding his groove. However, the Pirates offense isn't much of a test compared to most organizations. Nonetheless, Smyly will carry his 5.11 ERA into his next start versus the Boston Red Sox. Fantasy managers who are in desperate need of pitcher help might want to look at Smyly, but he's far from a reliable option.
Atlanta Braves pitcher Drew Smyly may have figured things out. The veteran lefty allowed just one run in six innings of work on Friday during the club's 6-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. He walked just one batter and struck out four. Most importantly, Smyly kept the ball in the yard. He allowed an eye-popping nine home runs in 19 innings in April. Over two May starts spanning 12 innings, he has yet to be taken deep. He's also allowed just two runs (one earned) this month and has seen his ERA drop from 8.05 at the end of April to 5.23 in mid-May. Smyly is worth a look as a buy-low candidate before other fantasy managers catch on.
Atlanta Braves pitcher Drew Smyly didn't pitch a perfect game on Thursday but he had a small victory by conquering the home-run demons at least for one start. The veteran lefty did not allow a home run during the game after being bitten by the long-ball bug nine times during his first five starts. He allowed just one unearned run on four hits and only one extra-base knock, a double with four walks and four strikeouts on Thursday. Smyly lowered his ERA to 6.12 as he looks to leave an ugly April behind him. He's been a solid fantasy contributor in the past and he's coming off a shortened 2020 season that saw him post a 42-9 K-BB ratio in just 26 1/3 innings. Keep an eye on Smyly and if he continues to rebound, he could be a solid contributor later in the season.
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.