ANALYSIS MLB RUMORS

Pitching Help to Consider As the Trade Deadline Looms

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Less than two weeks out from the MLB Trade Deadline on July 31st, the Houston Astros don’t have many needs. With that said, we shouldn’t be too quiet at the deadline because it paid dividends two seasons ago when the acquisition of one Justin Verlander was the final piece to the 2017 World Series puzzle. While there isn’t a clear cut pitcher on the trading block at Verlander’s level that would make that level of impact, acquiring another higher end starting pitcher could help balance out the rotation.

With a team ERA of 3.96 that ranks 6th in MLB per ESPN, the team is in a good spot but improving the team in any way will never hurt. With rumors floating around that pitchers like Madison Bumganer, Zack Greinke, and Marcus Stroman are potentially on the trade block, the Astros should at least take a flier and see what the asking prices are for these men. While the Astros do lead the American League West and are primed for their 4th playoff run in the last 5 years(missed 2016), they were in the driver seat in 2017 and still pulled the trigger to get Verlander and they should consider doing the same on July 31st with the bottom of the rotation being the a question mark for the upcoming playoff run.

 

 

Madison Bumgarner

Lynne Sladky/Associated Press

The MadBum has reportedly been on the block most of the MLB season but holding a No-Trade Clause in his contract has made it difficult to gauge where HE would want to go. Back in May, Bumgarner gave his No-Trade list that includes the Astros, Brewers, Braves, Yankees, Red Sox, Cardinals, Philies, and Cubs. What do most of those teams have in common? Contender potential. The former World Series MVP would be an immediate upgrade to the middle of the pitching rotation with 121 strikeouts to 25 walks. While only holding a 5-7 record in a difficult National League West that has the incredibly strong Dodgers, surprising Diamondbacks, and rising Padres it is a little understandable to see how the Win/Loss ratio isn’t where we are used to seeing it. The experience should be a drawing point for the Astros as he has a World Series record career ERA of .25 and winning 3 World Series with the Giants. An overview of his stats should give the Astros hope that he could provide a Verlander-esque jolt for the pitching staff and team.

Standard Pitching
YearAgeTmLgWLERAGGSGFCGSHOIPHRERHRBBIBBSOERA+WHIPH9HR9BB9SO9SO/W
200919SFGNL001.804110010.0822231102441.1007.21.82.79.03.33
201020SFGNL763.001818000111.0119403711262861311.3069.60.92.17.03.31
201121SFGNL13133.213333000204.22028273124651911091.2128.90.52.08.44.15
201222SFGNL16113.373232021208.11838778234961911051.1147.91.02.18.33.90
201323SFGNL1392.773131000201.11466862156261991241.0336.50.72.88.93.21
201424SFGNL18102.983333042217.11948172214332191161.0908.00.91.89.15.09
201525SFGNL1892.933232042218.11817371213922341311.0087.50.91.69.66.00
201626SFGNL1592.743434041226.21797969265402511461.0287.11.02.110.04.65
201727SFGNL493.321717010111.01014141172031011281.0908.21.41.68.25.05
201828SFGNL673.262121000129.21185147144331091161.2428.21.03.07.62.53
201929SFGNL573.862020000116.21175950172521211091.2179.01.31.99.34.84
11 Y11 Y11 Y11 Y115903.0927527211561755.015486636021794103317121211.1167.90.92.18.84.18
16216216216214113.0934340212181928275225142131211.1167.90.92.18.84.18
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/18/2019.

 

 

 

Zack Greinke

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The consistent Golden Glove Winner in the National League would give the Astros a Dallas Keuchel flashback with his fielding abilities. A strong pitcher throughout his career since being drafted in 2002, Greinke should at least be on the Astros trade board. Throughout his 16 year career he has only had 1 season where he had less than 100 strikeouts, 2006 when he went through a battle with depression and social anxiety and only made 3 bullpen appearances. Greinke, like Bumgarner, could come in with instantly being the 3rd best starter with 114 strikeouts to 16 walks currently on the season. The biggest question the Houston Astros would need to ask themselves is this: Justin Verlander is on a huge high dollar contract, Gerrit Cole is going to be an upcoming free agent and will probably command top dollar so does the team feel it is worth the risk of trading assets for Greinke with 2 more years of his 6 year $206 million dollar contract left? The talent is and has always been there but the money always plays a huge factor. If the Astros think they can make it work with mouths to feed, this would be a no-brainer.

Standard Pitching
YearAgeTmLgWLW-L%ERAGGSGFCGSHOSVIPHRERHRBBIBBSOERA+WHIPH9HR9BB9SO9SO/W
200420KCRAL811.4213.9724240000145.01436464262631001201.1668.91.61.66.23.85
200521KCRAL517.2275.8033330200183.023312511823530114761.56311.51.12.65.62.15
200622KCRAL101.0004.263010006.173313251161.5799.91.44.37.11.67
200723KCRAL77.5003.6952147001122.01225250123651061241.2959.00.92.77.82.94
200824KCRAL1310.5653.4732320100202.12028778215611831251.2759.00.92.58.13.27
200925KCRAL168.6672.1633330630229.11956455115102422051.0737.70.42.09.54.75
201026KCRAL1014.4174.1733330300220.0219114102185511811001.2459.00.72.37.43.29
201127MILNL166.7273.8328280000171.21618273194502011031.2008.41.02.410.54.47
201228TOTMLB155.7503.4834340000212.12008482185402001151.1968.50.82.38.53.70
201228MILNL93.7503.4421210000123.0120494772801221201.2038.80.52.08.94.36
201228LAAAL62.7503.531313000089.180353511260781081.1878.11.12.67.93.00
201329LADNL154.7892.6328280110177.21525452134611481351.1147.70.72.37.53.22
201430LADNL178.6802.7132320000202.11906961194332071291.1528.50.81.99.24.81
201531LADNL193.8641.6632320100222.21484341144012002220.8446.00.61.68.15.00
201632ARINL137.6504.3726260110158.21618077234131341021.2739.11.32.37.63.27
201733ARINL177.7083.2032320100202.11728072254502151471.0727.71.12.09.64.78
201834ARINL1511.5773.2133330000207.21817774284331991301.0797.81.21.98.64.63
201935ARINL104.7142.9520200000128.01054342131611141510.9457.40.91.18.07.13
16 Y16 Y16 Y16 Y197122.6183.37475434816512791.12591112110442846532425491241.1628.40.92.18.23.90
162162162162159.6183.37363211002091948478214921911241.1628.40.92.18.23.90
    WLW-L%ERAGGSGFCGSHOSVIPHRERHRBBIBBSOERA+WHIPH9HR9BB9SO9SO/W
KCRKCRKCRKCR6067.4723.82210169812311108.01121509470112280129311161.2649.10.92.37.63.33
ARIARIARIARI5529.6553.421111110210696.26192802658914576621301.0978.01.11.98.64.57
LADLADLADLAD5115.7732.3092920210602.24901661544612955551561.0277.30.71.98.34.30
MILMILMILMIL259.7353.6749490000294.2281131120267303231101.2018.60.82.29.94.42
LAALAALAALAA62.7503.531313000089.180353511260781081.1878.11.12.67.93.00
                             
NL (NL (NL (NL (13153.7123.0425225204201594.013905775391613471215401331.0907.80.92.08.74.44
AL (AL (AL (AL (6669.4893.80223182812311197.112015445051233061210091151.2599.00.92.37.63.30
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/18/2019.

Marcus Stroman

(Kathy Willens | AP)

Marcus Stroman is coming off his first All Star appearance in the 2019 All Star Game. The 2017 Gold Glove winner has had at least 100 strikeouts in 3 of his 5 and a half seasons, albeit missing most of the 2015 MLB season with a spring training ACL tear and only making 4 starts. He is a strong starter that could fill the middle of the rotation spot for the remainder of the season and be a second in rotation behind Verlander if Gerrit Cole walks in free agency. While being in another arbitration season this coming offseason, he could be a long term candidate alongside returning fan favorite Lance McCullers Jr and rookie Corbin Martin after they return from Tommy John surgery.

Standard Pitching
YearAgeTmLgWLERAGGSGFCGSHOSVIPHRERHRBBIBBSOERA+WHIPH9HR9BB9SO9SO/W
201423TORAL1163.6526201111130.2125565372811111041.1718.60.51.97.63.96
201524TORAL401.6744000027.02055260182490.9636.70.72.06.03.00
201625TORAL9104.3732320000204.02091049921540166971.2899.20.92.47.33.07
201726TORAL1393.0933330200201.02018269216211641451.3089.00.92.87.32.65
201827TORAL495.5419190000102.11156863936077761.47610.10.83.26.82.14
201928TORAL5103.2519190000110.2107494010340881391.2748.70.82.87.22.59
6 Yr6 Yr6 Yr6 Yr46443.821331271311775.27773643297022026241121.2859.00.82.67.22.84
16216216216212123.82353301002032039586185811631121.2859.00.82.67.22.84
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/18/2019.

Noah Syndergaard

(Julio Cortez | AP)

The former 2016 All-Star nicknamed ‘Thor’ would be a hard trade to make. But. Damn would he be a great one. Young, handsome, talented, and a strikeout machine with 100 strikeouts in every season but his injury shorten 2017 season from a torn lat muscle in his right arm. With World Series experience(losing in 2015 to Kansas City), and only being 26 years old, Syndergaard would be a valued asset to try and acquire. It’s being reported that the Mets are asking for ‘multiple arms and legs’ to part ways with their star pitcher, which no one would question why, the Astros do have a few they could part with but to all accounts don’t want to. We have to have position players and I wouldn’t say sell the farm for Thor. But a three headed pitching giant of Verlander-Cole-Syndergaard would be absolutely fearsome, and Syndergaard has 2 more eligible seasons and wouldn’t come too expensive over the next two seasons while the team tries to figure out how to keep Gerrit Cole.

Standard Pitching
YearAgeTmLgWLW-L%ERAGGSGFCGSHOIPHRERHRBBIBBSOERA+WHIPH9HR9BB9SO9SO/W
201522NYMNL97.5633.242424000150.01266054193121661171.0477.61.11.910.05.35
201623NYMNL149.6092.603130000183.21686153114322181551.1498.20.52.110.75.07
201724NYMNL12.3332.977700030.1291410031341411.0558.60.00.910.111.33
201825NYMNL134.7653.032525021154.1148555293921551231.2128.60.52.39.03.97
201926NYMNL74.6364.551818011112.2110615714300110891.2438.81.12.48.83.67
5 Yr5 Yr5 Yr5 Yr4426.6293.22105104032631.05812512265314676831211.1528.30.82.19.74.68
162162162162148.6293.2234340112051898274174822221211.1528.30.82.19.74.68
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/18/2019.

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