He doesn’t throw particularly hard and his breaking pitches aren’t exceptionally great. An 86-mph fastball might be exciting for a high school pitcher, but not so much for a 6-foot-3 right-hander with six pro seasons under his belt.
Moreover, it isn’t like Cloyd is knocking people over with his pinpoint control. His 2.1 walks per nine innings in the minors is good, but not exciting and his 21 walks in 45 1/3 big-league innings is worrisome.
It seems as if Cloyd is able to throw his pitches and let the guys behind him do the work. The opposition puts the ball in play against Cloyd and for the most part he has done pretty well with that tactic. Last year he was 15-1 with a 2.26 ERA in 26 minor league starts. He’s posted a 3.57 ERA in eight games for the Phillies this season though he may not have had the best defense behind him at Triple-A.
In 19 games for Lehigh Valley Cloyd was 5-9 and allowed 70 runs. However, 11 of those runs were unearned. The weird part is the IronPigs were one of the best defensive teams in the International League in terms of fielding percentage and fewest errors committed. However, nearly 20 percent of the unearned runs allowed by Lehigh Valley in 2013 came when Cloyd was pitching.
That’s either really weird or Cloyd was baBIP’d to death.
Cloyd should have a favorable matchup against the Padres on Tuesday night where he faces a team that has the fifth-most strikeouts and walks at a rate below the average in the National League. Plus, the Padres — like the Phillies — rank near the bottom of the league in runs, batting average, on-base percentage and slugging.
Talk about riveting September baseball.
1.) Roger Bernadina, cf
2.) Jimmy Rollins, ss
3.) Chase Utley, 2b
4.) Darin Ruf, rf
5.) Kevin Frandsen, 1b
6.) Cody Asche, 3b
7.) Freddy Galvis, lf
8.) Cameron Rupp, c
9.) Tyler Cloyd, p
Cameron Rupp will be making his first big league appearance. ... Dom Brown has not started a game since Aug. 30 and hasn't appeared in a game since pinch hitting in Chicago on Sept. 1. ... Andrew Cashner (8-8, 3.45), working on nine-days rest, gets the call for the Padres. The righty has a 2.77 ERA in eight starts since the All-Star break.