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If the Astros liked what they were seeing from Chas and Meyers, then Straw was a spare part and we weren’t going to acquire bullpen help that is free from warts and would allow us to still stay under the cap and get compensatory picks for the QOs we are likely to offer at the end of this season.
Maton checks some boxes for a possible diamond in the rough acquisition. It just hasn’t panned out so far. Maton has an elite strikeout skill set. Over the past two seasons he has around a 32% CSW and over a 12 k/9. That comes with a subpar control skill set with a BB/9 of 3.6 over his career and over 4 in this season. His bad control combines with an insanely unlucky LOB% of around 60% in 2019 and 2020 (68 this year) vs a league average of 72% for MLB RPs which gives you a pitcher that has a history of his ERA being consistently and materially higher than his FIP. Makes sense for the Astros to roll the dice and hope Strom can fix his control issues. Hasn’t worked so far, but I get the logic. 3 batter faced minimum rule doesn’t help, because maybe he has issues throwing out of the stretch (thus the bad LOB%) and you can’t yank him if he issues a free pass to the first batter he faces. RPs rarely see control gains late in their career, but if anyone can fix Maton’s, it’s Strommy.