Could be a variety of factors playing into that. ERA is a good stat, probably the best of all of what we call traditional stats, but it is still limited. Due to some defensive improvements this year, it might be best to look at FIP to see how our pitchers performed. They may also have their own expectations for how each pitcher should see improvement, and maybe enough pitchers didn't see improvement to justify keeping Brocail.
The other point being brought up about the minor leagues being condensed and more coaches available is an interesting one. Seeing Dylan Bundy succeed with Mickey Callaway also highlights the need for a great instructor who can translate things from analytics and communicate one-on-one with the player.
This is a crucial hire to get right.
I'd been thinking the last hour Dylan Cease is going to have to have his Ubaldo moment (except with "no one" rather than Zach Britton behind him), but I only now saw they burned him for an inning down 5-0 yesterday.
I guess that leaves Jace Fry as the last non-Colome reliever.
Ball now back in the White Sox lineup's court to escalate the drama further.
Over. Yes the team's record deteriorated down the stretch, but the second half performances of Mountcastle/Akin/Kremer, and a few others to a lesser extent, make me think that next year's team will be overall more talented than this year's.
My personal over/under would be more like 70.5 or 71.5.
This is mainly because of the holes at 3B/1B. If Trey is coming back that answers 1B question. We also have more quality outfielders that can't all make the roster and probably an extra catcher. Iglesias doesn't add much the club if they aren't going to compete. We could also package a few of these guys together.
I hope OFFNY is doing okay this afternoon...long way to 27 outs.
I imagine Buck has been keeping tabs on the White Sox bullpen management these last couple weeks with perhaps a Dare I dream? perspective.