In a move of desperation for some pitching, the Toronto Blue Jays acquired Nick Kingham from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday afternoon.
OFFICIAL: We’ve acquired RHP Nick Kingham from the @Pirates in exchange for cash considerations.
To make room on our 40-man roster, RHP Ryan Tepera has been transferred to the 60-day IL. pic.twitter.com/qF7XPEkQT7
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) June 13, 2019
Kingham, 27, made his major-league debut last season and it was one of the best in history. He took a perfect game all the way into the seventh inning in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals, before Paul de Jong hit a single with two outs. Finishing the game with seven completed innings, which he retired his first 20 all in a row.
But since that April 29th game last season, Kingham has been not so perfect. Finishing 2018 with a total of 76 innings pitched, he held a 5.21 ERA with an 8.2 K/9 rate.
This season, he’s produced even worse results. Starting four games and appearing in 14, Kingham has a 9.87 ERA and a 8.3 K/9 through 34.2 innings. Luckily, his ERA has been somewhat misleading — carrying a 5.40 FIP in 2019, which would be better than current Jays pitchers like Elvis Luciano, Clayton …
Author: Thomas Williams / Blue Jays Nation