Jeremy Hellickson’s inconsistency
Remember in April when Jeremy Hellickson was one of the best pitchers in the National League? When he had a 1.80 ERA, four wins, 0.80 WHIP, and 86.2 percent left on base rate? Whelp, that has fallen apart.
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Since April, Hellickson has a 5.79 ERA, 6.13 FIP, 1.42 WHIP, 15.1 percent strikeout rate and 7.6 percent walk rate. Hellickson’s low strikeout rate in April finally came back to bite him as the batted balls started finding holes and he started walking batters.
After his strong start to the season, Hellickson has bounced between strong and poor outings. He has gone past the sixth inning just twice since May and has allowed two runs or less just four times in 15 starts.
Without any consistency, Hellickson’s trade value seems dead. He has one last start Friday night to showcase his value, but you never know what will happen with him this season. Even then, there are better pitchers on the trade market this year – Sonny Gray, Justin Verlander, and Yu Darvish – who teams are more likely to want over Hellickson.