Originally Posted by Proshares
It's not that I don't like him. I just don't think he's some ace that people make him out to be after last year where he stole a Cy Young. He's a good #2. I don't think someone who throws as many fastballs as he does right over the plate will work outside of a place like Tampa that 1 - suppresses power and 2 - has a phenomenal defense behind him.
Over the past 3 years, he has 3.33 era in the road and 2.55 at home. Most pitchers have a lower era at home, guess it is just a comfort factor.
He's able to throw so many fastball cause of his velocity and arm angle. It is just a tough pitch to square up. I def wouldn't hold that against him.
His career FIP and xFIP are .3 higher than his era. I don't think it's really fair to penalize any pitcher for having a good defense behind him. It def can impact the way a pitcher throws though, but at the same time I think he has the stuff to boost his k% if he needed to.