Chicago Cubs: Mixed results from a trio of relievers
Let’s shift now to Oh, who put up some really impressive numbers in 2016 in his first big league campaign. Last year, though, the results were hardly awe-inspiring. His WHIP jumped up to 1.399, he allowed homers at a pace nearly three times the year prior and his strikeout rate plummeted. Still, if the Cubs were looking to scrape the barrel for a veteran arm, he could’ve made sense.
Inked to just a one-year deal, the righty has pitched to a 2.83 ERA for Toronto and Colorado. His walk rate continues to climb, but his strikeouts are on the rise, as well – so they’re a bit of a wash. Still, he seems to be the benefactor of a bit of luck, as well – (2.83 ERA/3.43 FIP).
As for Shaw, who is now teammates with Davis in Colorado, things couldn’t be much worse. After emerging as a stable force in Terry Francona‘s pen in Cleveland, the right-hander can’t do anything right for the Rockies. He’s pitched to a 6.31 ERA, 12.1 hits and 4.4 walks per nine. A 1.831 WHIP tells you about all you need to know about his 2018 performance.
Lastly comes Addison Reed. In 51 appearances for Minnesota, the right-hander has struggled a great deal. The not-so-proud owner of a 4.78 ERA, 5.32 FIP and 1.424 WHIP, the former third-rounder has been anything but reliable this season.
So, with the possible exception of Oh, who is more than likely on the back nine of his career, Morrow has been leaps and bounds better than pretty much any of the other names that could’ve helped shore up the Cubs’ pen last winter. Remember that when you’re feeling particularly frustrated with yet another injury in the pitching staff.