NLDS: Impact of In-Season Additions

Looking to end a world championship drought that dates back to 1988, despite having made 10 post-season appearances since, including the last four, the Dodgers have taken the attitude that anything short of winning the World Series is failure. They reinforced their feelings with major moves to beef up their rotation and bullpen before the July 31 trading deadline.  But they aren’t the only ones.

A look at the four teams in the NL Division Series and the impact of their in-season additions:

 

THE DODGERS

Yu Darvish

The Dodgers added Yu Darvish for the rotation, and lefties Tony Cingrani from the Reds and Tony Watson fro the Pirates for bullpen depth.

Darvish carried a high price, the Rangers added prospects 2B Willie Calhoun, who is ranked No. 2 in the Texas prospect lilst, right-hander A.J. Alexy, who ranks No. 19, and shortstop Brendan Davis, who ranks No. 29. They look at Darvish as the second half of a 1-2 punch with Clayton Kershaw, although he wasn’t dominate after joining the Dodgers. He is scheduled to pitch Game 3 of the NLCS at Arizona.

Darvish Before and After The Deal

Team W L GS INN H R ER HR BB SO ERA
Tex  6  9  22  137.0  115  63  61  20  45  148  4.01
LAD  4  3  9  49.2  44  20  19  7  13  61  3.44
TOTAL  10  12  31  186.2  159  83  80  27  58  209  3.86
Tony Watson
Tony Cingrani

Watson was what was advertised. He and Cingrani put together the lowest ERAs among the Dodgers left-handed relievers after they were acquired. They helped lift pressure from Luis Avilan, whose 61 appearances were more than double any other left-handed reliever on the Dodgers roster. They gave up two prospects for Watson, including third baseman Oneil Cruz, who ranks as the 15th best prospect in the Pirates system, along with right-hander angel German, a fifth-year pro who spent 2017 at the Low A level.

Watson Before and After the Deal

Team W L SV SVO G INN H R ER HR BB SO ERA
Pit  5  3  10  17  47  46.2  57  20  19  7  14  35  3.66
LAD  2  1  0  1  24  20.0  15  6  6  2  6  18  2.70
TOTAL  7  4  10  18  71  66.2  72  26  25  9  20  53  3.38

Cingrani came at lower price. The Dodgers gave up outfielder Scott Van Slyke, and catcher Hendrik Clementine, a 20-year-old from Curacao who in his fourth pro season was still at the Rookie Level.

Cingrani Before and After the Deal

Team W L SV SVO G INN H R ER HR BB SO ERA
Cin  0  0  0  1  25  23.1  25  14  14  9  6  24  5.40
LAD  0  0  0  0  22  19.1  15  8  6  1  6  28  2.79
TOTAL  0  0  0  1  47  42.2  40  22  20  10  12  52  4.22

The Nationals

 

Ryan Madson
Sean Dolittle

The Nationals bullpen was a first-half nightmare, which is what prompted them to make three major acquisitions to help in the late=inning situations. They also brought in the experience of versatile Howie Kendrick. And they were rewarded for the trust they put in relievers Ryan Madson and Sean Dolitte, who came from the A’s on July 15, although they did not report until July 17, and Brandon Kintzler, acquired from the Twins on July 31.

Nationals Bullpen Before and After July 17

Team W L Pct Sv G IP H R ER HR BB SO ERA AVG
Thru July 16 14 13 .519 22 of 36 89 254.1 281 158 149 46 93 235 5.27 .279
After July 16 11 5 .688 24 of 27 70 219.1 181 86 82 17 72 210 3.36 .223

Dolittle stepped into the closers role, converting 21 of 22 opportunities for a team that converted only 22 of 36 before his arrival, which was just what the Nationals wanted when they agreed to give up lefty Jesus Luzardo, now the sixth ranked prospect with the A’s, and third baseman Sheldon Neuse, who is ranked No. 14, along with pitcher Blake Trenien.

Dolittle Before and After the Deal

Team W L SV SVO G INN H R ER HR BB SO ERA
Oak  1  0  3  4  23  21.1  12  8  8  3  2  31  3.38
Was  1  0  21  22  30  30.0  22  10  8  2  8  31  2.40
TOTAL  2  0  24  26  53  51.1  34  18  16  5  10  62  2.81

Madson stepped in as a solid setup man for Dolittle, a role he was used to from their days together in Oakland.

Madson Before and After the Deal

Team Lg W L SV SVO INN H R ER HR BB SO ERA
Oak AL  2  4  1  4  39.1  25  9  9  2  6  39  2.06
Was NL  3  0  1  1  19.2  13  3  3  0  3  28  1.37
TOTAL    5  4  2  5  59.0  38  12  12  2  9  67  1.83

In his two seasons with the Twins Kintzler was the closer. With the Nationals he became a setup man, and adapted well.

Kintzler Before and After the Deal

Team Lg W L SV SVO G INN H R ER HR BB SO ERA
Min AL  2  2  28  32  45  45.1  41  15  14  3  11  27  2.78
Was NL  2  1  1  3  27  26.0  25  10  10  2  5  12  3.46
TOTAL    4  3  29  35  72  71.1  66  25  24  5  16  39  3.03

 

The D-Backs

J.D. Martinez

The D-Backs needed a big bat and they got one with J.D. Martinez, who is a potential free agents. After his July 18 acquisition he hit 29 home runs for the D-Backs, second most in the major leagues to the 31 home runs of Giancarlo Stanton.

Martinez Before and After the Trade

Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG
Det  57  200  38  61  13  2  16  39  29  54  2  0  .305
Ari  62  232  47  70  13  1  29  65  24  74  2  0  .302
TOTAL  119  432  85  131  26  3  45  104  53  128  4  0  .303

The D-Backs also picked up right-hander David Hernandez from the Angels and shortstop Adam Rosales from the A’s. Neither, however, provided much of a lift.

Hernandez Before and after the Trade

Team Lg W L SV SVO G INN H R ER HR BB SO ERA
LAA AL  1  0  1  2  38  36.1  29  10  9  0  8  37  2.23
Ari NL  2  1  1  2  26  18.2  19  10  10  4  1  15  4.82
TOTAL    3  1  2  4  64  55.0  48  20  19  4  9  52  3.11

Rosales was a late decision, prompted by utility infielder Chris Owings suffering a broken hand when he was hit by a pitch from St. Louis starter Lance Lynn on July 30.

Rosales Before and After the Trade

Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP
Oak  71  205  15  48  11  0  4  27  10  66  1  1  .234  .273
Ari  34  84  10  17  5  0  3  9  1  34  0  1  .202  .227
TOTAL  105  289  25  65  16  0  7  36  11  100  1  2  .225  .260

THE CUBS

Whether it was old arms feeling the strain from having pitched into November a year ago to win the World Series, a first half slump or whatever, the Cubs rotation was a first-half concern. That’s why they were anxious to add left-hander Jose Quintana from the cross-town rival White Sox. Maybe it was a coincidence, but the Cubs rotation did an instant turnaround starting on the day of Quintana’s July 16 debut.

Cubs Rotation Before Quintana’s Debut and After

W L Pct ShO G IP H R ER HR BB SO ERA AVG
29 33 .468 3 89 477.1 477 278 249 71 176 426 4.69 .260
35 14 .714 5 73 411 357 165 151 54 114 393 3.31 .232
Jose Quintana

Quintana didn’t come cheep. The Cubs gave up four prospects, including left fielder Eloy Jimenez, now the No. 1 ranked prospect in the White sox system, and right-handed pitcher Dylan Cease, who is ranked No. 5 in the White Sox system. The Cubs also sent second baseman Bryant Flete and first baseman Matt Rose in the package. But with Quintana in the rotation the Cubs did return to the post-season. Quintana also seemed to be refreshed after the move across the Windy City.

Quintana Before and After the Trade

Team W L GS INN H R ER HR BB SO ERA
CWS  4  8  18  104.1  98  55  52  14  40  109  4.49
ChC  7  3  14  84.1  72  37  35  9  21  98  3.74
TOTAL  11  11  32  188.2  170  92  87  23  61  207  4.15

The Cubs also felt the need for a veteran presence as a backup catcher after the problems with Miguel Montero prompted them to deal him to the Blue Jays. Enter
Alex Avila, who was acquired along with left-handed reliever Justin Wilson, from the Tigers for shortstop Isaac Paredes, who is now the No. 9 prospect in the Tigers system, and third baseman Jeremy Candelaria.

Avila Before and After the Trade

Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Det  77  219  30  60  11  0  11  32  43  80  .274
ChC  35  92  11  22  2  1  3  17  19  40  .239
TOTAL  112  311  41  82  13  1  14  49  62  120  .264

Wilson Before and After the Trade

Team W L SV SVO G INN H R ER HR BB SO ERA
Det  3  4  13  15  42  40.1  22  12  12  5  16  55  2.68
ChC  1  0  0  1  23  17.2  18  11  10  0  19  25  5.09
TOTAL  4  4  13  16  65  58.0  40  23  22  5  35  80  3.41

 

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