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Thursday, October 05, 2017

MLB Playoffs: Key relievers to watch for each team - Beyond the Box Score

I still see Musgrove as a starter. The problem I saw was he was in the strike zone too much. The confidence gained in the bullpen might be the jump he needs to become an effective starter. Next year.

Joe Musgrove, RHP, Houston Astros

Musgrove underwhelmed as a starter early this season, posting a 6.12 ERA over 72 innings. But a move to the bullpen has invigorated Musgrove, as he’s posted a 1.44 ERA with a 21.7 percent strikeout-minus-walk rate in 31.1 relief innings.

Struggling starter turned shutdown reliever: it’s a story seemingly as old as time itself. But just because this is a trite tale doesn’t make it any less impactful. The reliever version of Musgrove is adept at getting strikeouts and groundballs, posting a 51.9 percent groundball rate as a reliever. And, you guessed it, can do it over multiple-inning stints.

The Astros bullpen is one of the best ones remaining, despite their inability to find a reliable left-hander. Having an option like Musgrove to pitch in front of Chris Devenski and Ken Giles makes the Astros bullpen a formidable one, lefty or no lefty.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2017 at 11:10 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 05, 2017 at 05:11 PM (#5545477)
Justin Wilson.
   2. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: October 05, 2017 at 05:26 PM (#5545485)
Like the Astros, the Cubs have a solid bullpen despite missing a solid lefty. Wilson and Mike Montgomery are the two candidates to fill the role, but when he’s going right Wilson is the superior late-inning. The Cubs are set to square off against the Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy-led Nationals, and being able to deploy an effective Wilson would go a long way towards handing that lineup.


Why isn't Montgomery a solid lefty? Did the writer not notice Brian Duensing?

I mean, a good Justin Wilson would be huge. That guy stayed in Detroit though, and Wilson might not even make the roster.

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