Gary Shelton of the St. Petersburg Times wrote his David-Price-for-Cy-Young-Award column today, and this passage made my head ‘asplode:
“Look, it is true that victories aren’t the most telling indicator of a
pitcher’s success, but if wins don’t matter, why is it that most of the
good pitchers have so many of them?”
Mr. Shelton: if victories are the most telling indicator of a
pitcher’s success, why don’t the best pitchers have the most of them? Or do you really believe that Bob Welch’s 1990 season was the best pitching performance in the past 40 years?
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mariners have signed pitcher Juan Nicasio to a two-year contract, pending a physical.
Nicasio, 31, spent last season with the Pirates, Phillies, and Cardinals, putting up an aggregate 2.61 ERA with a 72/20 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings. He appeared in 76 games, leading the National League.
Nicasio will help bolster the Mariners’ bullpen behind closer Edwin Diaz. It’s not known exactly what role he’ll have but it seems reasonable to assume he’ll handle mostly the seventh inning while Nick Vincent will set up for Diaz. Nicasio does have plenty of starting experience so he could also spot start in a pinch.