Here we are with about two weeks left in the season, in the midst of a playoff push, and there are some who still want to criticize the Cincinnati Reds front office for failing to add a starter at this year's trade deadline.
Now, it's not that the idea of adding a starter before August 1st was a bad one. It sounded very much like the Reds actually tried to pull off a trade. But ultimately, nothing materialized.
However, just because a certain team picked up a starting pitcher at the trade deadline (and paid a hefty price, I might add) doesn't necessarily mean that things worked out the way the exectutives and fanbases thought it would. Here are three examples of trade deadline targets that are failing with their new teams.
1. Reds trade target Lance Lynn is failing with his new team.
I will wholeheartedly admit that prior to the trade deadline, I thought adding former Chicago White Sox pitcher Lance Lynn was a good idea. And, to a certain extent, it would have been. At the very least, you know that Lynn was going to give six more innings every fifth day.
However, if you're giving up home runs at the rate that Lynn has since joining the Los Angeles Dodgers, it doesn't matter how many innings the Cincinnati Reds would've gotten. Lynn has allowed 13 homers in eight games with LA, including seven in his last three starts.
Furthermore, Lynn is getting the strikeouts that he was earlier in the season with Chicago. When he was with the White Sox, Lynn was striking out 10.8 batters per nine innings pitched. Since joining the Dodgers, that number has dropped to 5.9.
Lance Lynn's ERA since joining Los Angeles isn't awful at 4.60, but his 6.43 FIP suggests that the right-hander has been more lucky than good. The Reds were rumored to be scouting the White Sox pitchers before the deadline, and one can assume that Lynn was drawing some interest from Cincinnati earlier this summer.