And as the kicker, his FIP is actually just 2.09, lower than his 2.49 ERA.
Each week, we keep saying that a soft-tossing rookie like John Ely just can’t keep it up, and that hitters will figure him out eventually… and then he goes out and duels Dan Haren to a draw. If anything, he’s actually even better than those stats above show, since they include his mediocre 5 ER in 6 IP debut on a cold day in New York. He’s made six starts since then, and allowed 1, 2, 2, 2, 1, and 0 earned runs, while making it through at least six innings every time. If you ignore that first start, his season line is 1.80 ERA with a 33/5 K/BB ratio.
At some point, we’re going to have to stop looking at Ely with a giddy awe at this newfound treasure, and realize that he’s the real deal, here to stay. Not yet, perhaps. But pretty goddamn soon. (PS. Juan Pierre‘s hitting .241/.306/.271 for the White Sox right now. Ha!)
Oh, and Matt Kemp hit a walkoff homer. He’s sorta good too. Day game today!