It’s been mentioned time and time again that the Blue Jays have a “type” when targeting and acquiring starting pitching.
They have been targeting pitchers with lower velocity who have a large pitch mix. Their acquisition of Robbie Ray didn’t quite fit that, but their second pitching add of trade deadline day sure does.
Ross Stripling relies on four different pitches, fastball (44.6%), curve (28.8%), change-up (16.2%) and slider (9.8%). He doesn’t throw with much velocity, his four-seamer averages 91.8 mph, the 33rd slowest among 157 right handed pitchers who have thrown at least 250 pitches this season, per Baseball Savant. He also brings versatility, having thrown 290.2 innings as a starter and 130.0 out of the bullpen in his career. It should be noted that he has been just a starter this season. The results have not been there. His 7.23 FIP is tied with Ray for the worst in baseball, among pitchers who have thrown at least 30 innings.
Prior to this season, Stripling was really good. From 2016-19 over 387.0 innings Stripling had a 3.51 ERA, a 3.60 FIP and 3.49 xFIP. He was one of the best arms in baseball and someone many people wanted to see traded away from the Dodgers so …
Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation