This article is part of our Mound Musings series.
The trade deadline has come and gone, and wow, what a ride! Everybody was looking for pitching – not at all surprising given the many injuries and sub-par performances on the mounds this season – but there wasn't all that much starting pitching available. That didn't slow all of the contenders. They cleaned out the handful of starters, then went to work in earnest on stockpiling relief arms.
I think teams are already seeing the potential problems that will arise as innings totals accumulate. That is contributing to more injuries, and undoubtedly creating ineffective pitchers who are simply running out of gas. Therefore, while quality was again important, there were some pitchers – both starters and relievers – who were added just to provide innings. Extra arms equal at least some rest for the pitchers you are counting on. That said, let's see how changes in latitudes might impact the arms involved:
Danny Duffy to Los Angeles (NL):
An interesting add by the Dodgers. They have been thinned with Clayton Kershaw currently on the IL and Trevor Bauer on indefinite administrative leave, so they went out and acquired Duffy from the Royals, just in case. Duffy is actually also on the IL with a mild flexor strain, but he is expected back later this month. He has been one of the most notable pitchers in the game this year for me. He reworked his base mechanics and revamped his pitch sequencing, turning himself into a different, and much more effective,