- Aug 12, 2010
Worth it! I didn't expect him to end up our #3 heading into the postseason. He certainly has been a welcome relief to watching guys not named Chris Sale against this mfy lineup.Yes, adding Eovaldi does help shore up the bullpen by moving/keeping the other two there.
There are basically two "seasons" to consider.
Regular season - I don't know that it improves the rotation any/much, since Johnson and Velazquez have also been successful in that role. It does provide SP depth should EdRo/Pom/Wright not return to form. It also allows them to lengthen the bullpen and keep guys fresh, since BJ and HV go multiple innings out of the pen.
Postseason - There are two scenarios here. 1) If Pom/Wright/EdRo are healthy/effective, all of BJ/HV/NE are in the pen; they are likely not all on the playoff roster. Maybe Eovaldi becomes a nice piece out of the bullpen in this scenario; his success against righties and his pure stuff would seem to bode well for that. 2) If none of the first three are healthy and effective, Eovaldi is the 4th starter. It's even possible he just pitches his way into that rotation over the rest of the season. This is the scenario in which this deal is the most worth it (assuming he pitches decently).