Pirates pitcher Richard Rodriguez has thrown well against the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports
While we still await any additions to the Atlanta Braves bullpen, it would be good to check on our previous suggestions to see how things stand.
There are at least three aspects to making deals at the trade deadline that the Atlanta Braves will have to assess this week… assuming that they intend to “buy”, which seems to be a safe guess at the moment:
- Finding clubs willing to sell
- Finding players that will truly “add” to the team’s performance
- Finding a price-point that makes sense for now and the future
Of note: it’s now been nearly a full month since we learned that Atlanta was being “aggressive” in pursuing bullpen help. Yet nothing has happened… so far.
When we reviewed several bullpen options a few weeks ago, there was still an uncertainty level about them on multiple fronts. One such consideration is how each player’s current club is now performing; another is whether the sticky-stuff ban has contributed to a reduction in pitching prowess.
So with all of these factors in mind, let’s check on those relievers and see how things are progressing:
PIRATES – CHASEN SHREVE and RICHARD RODRIGUEZ
Stick a fork into the Pirates… at 38-60 on the year, they are well and truly “done”… and that’s after having “rallied” to a 5-5 record over their last 10 contests.…