This is the time of year where a big trade can do one of a few different things, depending on how you’re looking at it. If you’re a contender, the right trade could propel you over the top to reach the ultimate goal of winning a World Series. Buyer beware, the wrong trade could also set your franchise back tremendously for years to come.
Marcus Stroman pitched in what was most likely his final game in a Toronto Blue Jays jersey on Wednesday, and his trade stock rose even farther. In his final start for the Blue Jays against the Cleveland Indians, Stroman was very effective, going seven strong innings and only surrendering five hits, one run (earned), and walking one. His offense didn’t do him any favors, as the Blue Jays lost 4-0. Following the game and into Thursday, he tweeted and retweeted several tweets about his appreciation to the Toronto fans. About a week or so ago, he also took out any reference to the Blue Jays from his Twitter page. Take it with a grain of salt, but he also tweeted something that could be a clue to where he ends up, or maybe he even knows something. So at this point, the question isn’t IF he’s traded but WHERE. So let me tell you where I think he ends up.
This year’s trade deadline should be eventful because of the abundance of talented pitchers available on the market, such as Matt Boyd, Marcus Stroman, Robbie Ray, Zack Wheeler, Madison Bumgarner, and Noah Syndergaard. There are a number of contending teams seeking to improve their starting rotations, including the Yankees, Phillies, Braves, Twins, Dodgers, and Astros. Let’s take a look at their top prospects who could be the centerpieces of a deadline acquisition. Continue reading →
These are some of the biggest starting pitcher ERA differentials from the first month of baseball compared to the second month. I love looking at these things for two reasons. First is how amazing it is that underlying metrics really can work/predict how a pitcher’s performance will be in the future. Second is to realize you should never react harshly when baseball season starts. Just because a pitcher starts the year off poorly like Noah Syndergaard doesn’t mean you should be trading him right away. I am going to discuss each pitcher below to help determine if their ERA increase or decrease seems justified going forward. Continue reading →
The Toronto Blue Jays are rebuilding. There’s no secret about that. They are in a tough division with the big boys in New York and Boston. There’s no secret about that either. Let’s take a look at what we will see on the field this year from the team up north because the secret to success lies partly in the kids on their way to the Rogers Centre.