He was mostly terrible. As I wrote in my Felix appraisal a few days ago, it was almost all smoke and mirror stuff. I just never felt he was in control or was gong to find it.His fastball does not exist other than he can throw it below the zone. It was almost as if his heater was his waste pitch. Although it was coming up there at 90 MPH much of the time, it left me wondering if he has lost all movement on it.
As to the M's, there was always a bit of smoke and mirror stuff to them, too. Example #1: From May 20-June 11, the M's were 11-2 in one-run games. That put us at 19-7 total. Now for the season we're still a really hot 27-14. But if you exclude that one smoking 20 days, we're only 16-12. Our run to the top of the WC race was fueled by one-run wins, a statistic that Bill James established long ago was largely a production of luck.
Speaking of which, we're 8-1 in extra-inning games.
Finally, Pythag concludes that we should be a 53-56 team. We're 10 games above those expectations.
And as I think about it, Dipoto's entire near-the-deadline trade strategy seems to have been to win more one-run games. I suppose bullpen trades always have a bit of that to them, but......see above.
We rolled a bunch of 7's and 11's through early June and now we've doubled down on betting that strategy. Last night the announcers pointed out that the M's scored fewer runs in July than any team in the majors, didn't I hear that right? Maybe our one-run win luck has clouded up the M's real deficiencies.