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Mike Foltynewicz is unlikely to return to his 2018 form and the analytics aren't ideal, but Chris Crawford says he has some streaming upside, especially against weaker AL West lineups.
CHRISTOPHER CRAWFORD: It wasn't all that long ago-- 2018 to be exact-- when Mike Foltynewicz was one of the best [INAUDIBLE] starters in the game. Since that year-- and if we're being honest, the years before that-- Foltynewicz hasn't come close to that level.
But there's been some encouraging signs as of late. Now, keep in mind the last few starts came against the Mariners, who are absolutely loaded with borderline automatic outs. But the 29-year-old has been able to go 7 innings in both of those starts, while allowing just two runs over those 14 innings.
He didn't pick up a win in either of those outings, and that's one thing you have to be cognizant of here. Texas isn't good. And win opportunities won't always be there, even when he pitches well. And the analytics here are pretty ugly. The only category he ranks above average in are walk percentage in fastball velocity. And again, that Seattle lineup? Very, very bad.
Don't consider him for a start against the Rockies in Colorado this week. But there will be some moments where Foltynewicz can be used as a streamer. You have to keep in mind, he's playing in the AL West. There are some friendly lineups. And there are some very friendly parks.