Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Friday, November 26, 2021

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
  Tags: michael wacha, red sox

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   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 Has Absurd Goosebump Arms 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.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Dynasty League Baseball

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
BDC
for his generous support.

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

Hall of Merit2023 Hall of Merit Ballot Discussion
(143 - 3:43pm, Jan 25)
Last: Mike Webber

NewsblogNBA 2021-2022 Season Thread
(2134 - 3:33pm, Jan 25)
Last: spivey

NewsblogBest baseball movies based on a true story
(8 - 3:23pm, Jan 25)
Last: sunday silence (again)

NewsblogOT - NHL Thread
(82 - 3:20pm, Jan 25)
Last: Jose Has Absurd Goosebump Arms

NewsblogRobot umpires at home plate moving up to Triple-A for 2022
(48 - 3:00pm, Jan 25)
Last: sunday silence (again)

NewsblogMLBPA drops age-based free agency proposal as negotiations on new labor deal continue: Source
(15 - 2:58pm, Jan 25)
Last: DL from MN

Hall of MeritHeavy Johnson
(54 - 2:34pm, Jan 25)
Last: Dr. Chaleeko

NewsblogFrontier League adds sudden-death tiebreaker to extra-innings games in 2022
(18 - 2:28pm, Jan 25)
Last: Karl from NY

NewsblogBaseball Hall of Fame tracker 2022
(1157 - 2:22pm, Jan 25)
Last: Karl from NY

Hall of MeritSam Jethroe
(19 - 2:20pm, Jan 25)
Last: DL from MN

NewsblogTom Goodwin, former Boston Red Sox coach, says MLB bullied coaches into getting COVID-19 vaccine: ‘There was no choice’
(103 - 2:18pm, Jan 25)
Last: The Yankee Clapper

NewsblogTexas starts No. 1, SEC dominates top 10 in preseason college baseball rankings
(2 - 1:30pm, Jan 25)
Last: Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network)

NewsblogBraves, A’s Discussed Matt Olson Prior To Lockout
(2 - 12:15pm, Jan 25)
Last: GregD

NewsblogOT - 2021 NFL thread
(238 - 6:32pm, Jan 24)
Last: Tom Nawrocki

NewsblogRosenthal: The pressure is mounting — MLB cannot afford to lose games this season
(61 - 4:55pm, Jan 24)
Last: Jack Sommers

Page rendered in 0.1925 seconds
48 querie(s) executed