Nick Pivetta
Nick Pivetta
27-Year-Old PitcherRP
Boston Red Sox
2020 Fantasy Outlook
2019 was supposed to be Pivetta's breakout campaign, as his underlying numbers suggested that a big improvement from his 4.77 ERA was coming. Unfortunately for those who bought into the hype, that didn't come close to happening. He was sent to the minors in mid-April after posting an 8.35 ERA in his first four starts and never really got things together even after returning in late May, posting a 4.66 ERA the rest of way. He lost his rotation spot for good in mid-July, spending the rest of the year in the bullpen. Pivetta's rough season was the product of his numbers falling off across the board. His BB% rose from 7.4% to 9.3%, while his formerly promising 27.1 K% plummeted to 21.1 K%. He also saw his HR/9 balloon to 1.92. The Phillies don't have much reason to bring the Canadian back into the rotation, and there's little reason to believe he'll suddenly become a relief ace. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Phillies in March of 2018. Traded to the Red Sox in August of 2020.
Closes out season with win
PBoston Red Sox
September 27, 2020
Pivetta (2-0) allowed one run on four hits and two walks while striking out five over five innings in a win over the Braves on Sunday.
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The Boston rotation was brutal all season long, but Pivetta provided a glimmer of hope for the future with his performance after getting called up from the alternate site. Pivetta allowed just two earned runs on eight hits while posting a 13:5 K:BB in his two starts with the Red Sox (10 innings). He had a 15.88 ERA in his first three appearances before coming over from Philadelphia in an August trade.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
58
Last 10 Games
58
Last 5 Games
58
How many pitches does Nick Pivetta generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-4%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-37%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-11%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-9%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .275 527 124 52 128 18 5 24
Since 2018vs Right .265 638 165 42 152 29 3 23
2020vs Left .412 18 5 1 7 1 1 2
2020vs Right .259 32 7 3 7 3 0 1
2019vs Left .261 201 40 24 46 9 3 10
2019vs Right .294 220 49 15 57 9 2 10
2018vs Left .276 308 79 27 75 8 1 12
2018vs Right .250 386 109 24 88 17 1 12
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-4%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-81%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-17%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-19%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 5.18 1.37 158.0 9 11 1 10.0 2.8 1.6
Since 2018Away 4.99 1.41 115.1 4 9 0 9.2 3.6 1.6
2020Home 9.28 1.69 10.2 1 0 0 10.1 3.4 2.5
2020Away 1.80 1.20 5.0 1 0 0 9.0 3.6 1.8
2019Home 5.79 1.59 56.0 4 3 1 8.2 3.5 1.9
2019Away 4.78 1.41 37.2 0 3 0 9.1 4.1 1.9
2018Home 4.34 1.20 91.1 4 8 0 11.1 2.4 1.3
2018Away 5.33 1.43 72.2 3 6 0 9.3 3.3 1.4
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Stat Review
How does Nick Pivetta compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.83
 
K/9
9.8
 
BB/9
3.4
 
HR/9
2.3
 
Fastball
92.8 mph
 
ERA
6.89
 
WHIP
1.53
 
BABIP
.340
 
GB/FB
0.57
 
Left On Base
65.2%
 
Exit Velocity
83.9 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
6.6%
 
Spin Rate
2358 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
25.3%
 
Swinging Strike
8.8%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
Pivetta’s underlying numbers from his rookie campaign hinted at the possibility of improvement in 2018, and improvement did indeed come, with the righty cutting his ERA from an ugly 6.02 to a still-high 4.77. The story heading into 2019 is much the same, as Pivetta’s supporting statistics yet again suggest that he has the potential for more. He posted a strong 27.1% strikeout rate (13th-best among qualified starters) and a better-than-average 7.4% walk rate, leading to a solid 3.80 FIP. The problem for the Canadian remains the home-run ball. His career HR/FB remains a troubling 17%, well above the league average. If he can get that in line, he could develop into a workhorse that provides lots of strikeouts and a relatively low ERA. If the homer problem remains, he’ll do enough damage to fantasy owners’ ERAs to render him nothing more than a deep-league option despite the whiffs.
Pivetta was one of several young Phillies to be given a chance in the starting rotation, and like most of them, he struggled, putting up a 6.02 ERA in 133 innings. However, the underlying numbers suggest he deserved better. He struck out 9.5 batters per nine innings, well above the major-league average of 8.3 K/9, and his groundball percentage of 43.8 was right around the league average. His high ERA can be primarily attributed to a relatively high BABIP (.332) and a high HR/FB rate (18.2 percent), both of which can be expected to regress toward the mean next season. If the Phillies trust Pivetta's underlying numbers, he should be given a chance in the rotation again next year and could have more success. Still, he doesn't look like much more than a back-end starter long term.
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Receives second start
PBoston Red Sox
September 23, 2020
Pivetta will start the Red Sox's season finale Sunday in Atlanta, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
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Earns win in team debut
PBoston Red Sox
September 22, 2020
Pivetta (1-0) earned the win Tuesday against the Orioles. He allowed one run on four hits and three walks while fanning eight across five innings.
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Officially recalled
PBoston Red Sox
September 22, 2020
Pivetta was recalled by the Red Sox ahead of his start Tuesday against the Orioles.
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Starting Tuesday
PBoston Red Sox
September 20, 2020
Pivetta will start Tuesday's game against the Orioles, Christopher Smith of The Springfield Republican reports.
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Likely to join rotation next week
PBoston Red Sox
September 17, 2020
Manager Ron Roenicke said that he expects Pivetta to be recalled from the Red Sox's alternate site and join the rotation at some point next week, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
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