Bullpen '21

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Sawamura was incredible last night. The real save came in the eighth. Second inning of duty with statnton, judge, urshela and torres up. Apart from the walkof Stanton, he was perfect.

If he turns out to be Tazawa 2.0 (12-14), we'd all be ecstatic, especially with how well Tazawa handled MFY. The repertoires are similar too. Sensational stuff. Sawamura being a reliable hi-lev performer goes a long way in the bullpen stabilizing.
Another interesting thing about Sawamura (at least to me), is that he's about the only Sox pitcher to throw low in (or outside of) the zone.

His splitter comes in fifth lowest above home plate among all of MLB (min. 100 pitches).

Overall, he throws his entire repetoire 43rd lowest among all of MLB (min. 250 pitches), on a pitching staff that does not focus on it (Sox pitchers are 26th out of all 30 MLB clubs in pitches' height above home plate).
 
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Another interesting thing about Sawamura (at least to me), is that he's about the only Sox pitcher to throw low in (or outside of) the zone.

His splitter comes in fifth lowest above home plate among all of MLB (min. 100 pitches).

Overall, he throws his entire repetoire 43rd lowest among all of MLB (min. 250 pitches), on a pitching staff that does not focus on it (Sox pitchers are 26th out of all 30 MLB clubs in pitches' height above home plate).
That is really interesting, especially with how much Cora and Co. are really advocating for him to pitch up in the zone with his fastball.

If he commands the top of the zone with his 97 heater and the bottom with his split (it's impressive that he can touch 93-94 with it, but I think when it's thrown in the high eighties/90 mph it's most effective), he could really be an effective seventh/eighth inning guy.
 

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You know who's been great lately? Josh Taylor.

Last 14 appearances: 10.1 ip, 6 h, 0 r, 0 er, 3 bb, 11 k, 0.00 era, 0.87 whip, 9.6 k/9

And really, since his second outing, which was a 4-runs-in-2/3 inning affair, he's been terrific.

21 g, 17.2 ip, 15 h, 4 r, 4 er, 7 bb, 19 k, 2.04 era, 1.25 whip, 9.7 k/9
 

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Yeah, hard pass for me too. I have no interest in paying Barnes during the best two month stretch of his career. If I were Bloom, he'd likely be insulted by my offer so I would just let the market insult him in the offseason instead.