Friday, November 19, 2021

Newsletter Excerpt, November 19, 2021 -- "AL West Notes"

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"As far as the signing itself, I think it’s a lot of risk. On the surface, Verlander and Syndergaard may seem like similar pitchers at this point, but there are key differences. Verlander was a better pitcher before tearing his UCL, and he had made a key transition late in his career to get the most from his ability. Verlander is on a normal TJ timeframe, Syndergaard well behind. When we last saw Syndergaard, he was on instructions to not throw breaking balls a full 18 months past his surgery date. There’s no one big reason why I prefer Verlander to Syndergaard as a signing, but rather a host of small ones."