This article is part of our Mound Musings series.
It's that time of year when uniforms (and fortunes) can normally change for quite a few pitchers. Contending teams often play a waiting game, hoping to land the best arm(s) available when that pitcher has yet to be traded as the deadline nears, but once a big name or two finds a new home, things can quickly pick up. But, will that be the case in this crazy season? Yes, the trade winds have already been blowing, albeit not with any major storm warnings yet, but with so many teams still in playoff contention, there may or may not be very many sellers. There's still time on the clock so maybe we can speculate on who might still be in play. But, let's start by seeing how changes in latitudes might impact the arms involved so far:
The first move of the trading season seems rather ho-hum at first glance, and only time will tell how much it will help the Phillies. At the time of the deal, Philadelphia had the worst bullpen in baseball – just slightly behind the Red Sox. So, they acquire arguably the two best relievers in the Sox pen. Workman is surely the key piece. He has worked as Boston's closer since mid-year last season. He did an adequate job in 2019, but he has struggled at times this year. Problem is, he is probably miscast as a ninth-inning guy, and so far, they are asking him to