Our Joe Posnanski writes about what I feel is the single biggest factor in this year’s World Series: the Royals’ bullpen. Specifically the three-headed monster that is Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland.
We all know that they’ve been dominant, but Joe shows us just how dominant they have been, even compared to other bullpens in an age of bullpen hyper-specialization. He also talks about how the Royals got them and how much a part luck, as well as recognizing opportunities, has played in putting together this beast.
A good read, especially for the numbers which show us just how crazy today’s bullpens have become.
Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Reds “have emerged as the frontrunner” to sign free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos. Morosi says the Reds and Castellanos “have made progress over the past several days.”
The Reds were going to have a lot of outfielders already when they hit Goodyear, Arizona in a couple of weeks, with newcomer Shogo Akiyama, Jesse Winkler, Nick Senzel, Aristides Aquino, Travis Jankowski, Scott Schebler, and Rule 5 draftee Mark Payton. Senzel was an infielder before last year, of course, so he could move back to the dirt, perhaps. And, of course, the Reds could trade from their outfield surplus if, indeed, they end up with an outfield surplus.
Without question, however, Castellanos would be the big dog, at least offensively, in that setup. He had a breakout year at the plate in 2019, hitting .289/.337/.525 overall (OPS+ 121), but slugging at a blistering .321/.356/.646 pace (OPS+ 151) after being traded from the Tigers to the Cubs. In Chicago — rescued from cavernous Comerica Park — his big doubles power turned into big homer power. If he were to sign to play half his season in hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark one can only imagine the damage he’d do.