I had NEVER heard of this guy until the Braves came to Fenway. Foltynewicz had good numbers entering that start (2.72 ERA, 10.52 K/9 and .226 BAA), but he had yet to record an out in the seventh inning in his 10 starts.
Then he goes up against one of the best offenses in all of baseball, maybe the hottest at the time, and doesn’t give up a hit until the sixth inning and lasts 7. Foltynewicz outduels Chris Sale and walks out of Fenway having only given up 3 hits and 1 run to a team that had scored 14 runs combined off Braves pitching in the previous two days.
Then there was Friday night. Complete game shutty against the Nationals. Two hits, 1 walk (his lowest walk total since his first start of the season) and his season-high 11 strikeouts, effectively outpitching his counterpart for the night, Stephen Strasburg.
On top of that, Foltynewicz is going out there touching 99 on pitch 105.
Very Justin Verlander-esque. He’s going out there dominating the opposition and yet here he is in the late innings with 3/4 of his tank still full.
Foltynewicz is now 9th among starters in ERA (2.22), 18th in K/9 (10.43) and has a 1.16 WHIP, which put him 0.05 percentage points outside the top 25 in Major League Baseball.
Not to mention his average fastball velocity (97.1) ranks fourth in all of baseball behind Charlie Morton (97.2, who is also very much underrated), Luis Severino (98.5) and of course The God of Thunder, Noah Syndergaard (98.5).
Foltynewicz needs to keep this up heading into the All-Star game. This is the type of stuff Major League Baseball needs to showcase (and market PROPERLY) on a national stage.