This article is part of our Mound Musings series.
Every season at about this time, the phones begin to ring in the offices of General Managers around baseball. I think this season, with so many teams struggling to contain the offensive deluge, they may be ringing with a lot more urgency. It's rough out there. Consider this. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Miracle Mets championship in 1969, we should remember that as a team, the Mets hit 108 home runs. We just passed the halfway point in this season, and 21 of the 30 teams have already surpassed that total. In fact, the Miami Marlins are dead last in team homers, but they are on pace to hit 126 for the 2019 season. Pitching is a hard way to make a living these days.
So, with all the fireworks, it's not too surprising to see that even the best teams could be looking to bolster their pitching. And, now is a great time to explore some possibilities for this season. Some teams need a frontline starter, and almost everybody needs bullpen help. The frontrunners tend to have solid pitching at the top of their rotations (and that bodes well for them in the playoffs) but there are holes in the fourth and fifth slots. Bullpens vary, with some teams needing everything, including a closer, while others struggle to get to the ninth inning. Let's take a look at the needs of some serious playoff contenders and discuss what an addition could mean in fantasy terms.