Outman's been a pitcher I've been unduly optimistic about despite his pretty terrible results in the runs allowed department thus far. That's mostly been because his peripheral rates have been solid enough to make me think that more could be there. He's striking out over a batter an inning, has an over 50% GB rate and while the amount of walks he gives up isn't a very good thing, it's not as terrible as it could be, either. The reason the results have been terrible have everything to do with a high BABIP which doesn't at all mesh with Outman's K and GB rates. Put simply, his pitches have been effective enough that we should expect a drastically lower ERA from him, and why that hasn't been the case is still a bit of a mystery to me that I'll probably continue to chalk up to a small sample for a few more starts.
I'd like it, however, if that small sample weirdness started normalizing today.