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Red Sox and right-hander Michael Wacha are reportedly finalizing a one-year deal

The Red Sox and right-handed pitcher Michael Wacha are reportedly finalizing a one-year deal, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Wacha, 30, has a 63-48 record and 4.14 ERA throughout his nine-year Major League career with the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets, and Tampa Bay Rays. He finished this past season 3-5 with a 5.05 ERA with the Rays and allowed four earned runs in 4 1/3 innings pitched against the Red Sox this past postseason.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 26, 2021 at 07:08 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. salvomania Posted: November 26, 2021 at 08:38 PM (#6054717)
Michael Wacha has allowed 58 homers in 285 innings over the past three seasons--1.8 per 9 innings.

The last time he was an effective pitcher was in the first half of 2018, the second half of which he missed with an oblique injury.

I read something recently, which I don't remember specifically, about a decent run he had in 2021 or about some positive split or something that suggested there was still something there.

I guess you always need pitching, and guys do rebound, so maybe it'll pan out.
   2. The Duke Posted: November 26, 2021 at 09:43 PM (#6054719)
He had this great over the top pitching style that they eviscerated because he had a fracture up in his shoulder - never been the same.
   3. villageidiom Posted: November 27, 2021 at 11:41 AM (#6054784)
I read something recently, which I don't remember specifically, about a decent run he had in 2021 or about some positive split or something that suggested there was still something there.
He basically stopped throwing his cutter in late August. His cutter was 25% to 40% of his pitches through mid-August, then 12% on 8/20, then never above 10% in any game the rest of the way (and 3 appearances without throwing a single one).

Per BB-Ref, Wacha in 2021 through 8/20 vs. after:

.             ERA  FIP    IP  BB K  HR
through 8
/20  5.88 4.92  90.1 24 85 19
  after 8
/20  2.88 3.29  34.1  7 36  4

         FYI  3.32 3.01  19.0  5 17  1 


The "FYI" line is actually a subset of the "after 8/20" line. One might question whether the after-8/20 sample might have had strength-of-schedule issues. The FYI line is his last 4 appearances, just over half the sample: at Toronto, vs. Toronto, at Houston, at the Yankees.

So I guess you could say the last time he was an effective pitcher was his 7 most recent regular season outings.
   4. Darren Posted: November 27, 2021 at 05:03 PM (#6054889)
I was sure this was going to be like 1 year/$3 mil or 1 year/$5 mil at max. $7 mil sounds high, but these guys are operating with so much more info than I have as a fan now that I just sort of have to trust they have a pretty good idea what they're doing. The numbers above from VI are promising I guess.
   5. Dingbat_Charlie Posted: November 27, 2021 at 05:24 PM (#6054891)
He had this great over the top pitching style that they eviscerated because he had a fracture up in his shoulder - never been the same.

Ian Anderson reminds me of Wacha's old delivery. I hope Anderson holds up better.
   6. Jose is Absurdly Correct but not Helpful Posted: November 27, 2021 at 09:05 PM (#6054941)
$7 mil feels a bit high to me but if you think (as I do) that he probably slots somewhere in quality between Richards ($10 mil) and Perez ($5 mil) that’s probably about the going rate for a 25 start, 90-95 ERA+ type of guy.

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