Erik Swanson came to us in one of those types of trades I’ve always hated, a position player for a reliever. Now the position player we traded was in the last year of his contract and we got a prospect as well (one who has a 6.04 ERA in Vancouver).
Teoscar isn’t having the best of seasons, hitting .250/.306/.438 with 15 home runs and a league leading 115 strikeout (30.9% strikeout rate).
Baseball Reference has him at a 0.8 WAR. FanGraphs 0.3.
- April: 1.32 ERA
- May: 5.40 ERA
- June: 2.08 ERA
He had a bad stretch in May, allowing 2 earned in 3 games in a row. Other than that he’s been pretty amazing.
Batters are hitting .181/.256/.362 against him.
Erik has been much better vs. LHB (.139/.233/.246) than RHB (.214/.275/.452).
His strikeout rate is down a little from last year (29.1% from 34.0) and his walk rate is up (9.1% from 4.9).
He’s up to 21 holds and only has 1 blown save.
I think it is fair to say that he’s been overworked, last year he pitched in 57 games, this year, he’s already at 42. At this rate, he could pitch in 70+ games.
For the first half I would grade Erik Swanson an
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