STARTERS: Very early observations, 2023

It's easy to panic after your staff has a terrible start or two during the first week of the season. It can be similarly dangerous to fall in love with a pitcher who gives you good stats if they were produced without any underlying skill support.

Keeping in mind that we're dealing with tiny data samples, let's take a look at some extreme early-season performances by putting them into the context of our preseason outlooks.

Here is a closer look at several starting pitchers whose first-week performances have been noteworthy.


Jacob deGrom (RHP, TEX) has an ugly 5.59 ERA after two starts, but his skills have been pristine. He has an 18/2 K/BB in 9 IP, command that has led him to a 266 BPV. That aggregate measure has full...


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