May 24, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Danny Farquhar pitches against Toronto Blue Jays in the sixth inning against Seattle Mariners at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Peter Llewellyn-USA TODAY Sports
How the mighty have fallen. We’ve all repeatedly mourned the passing of Fernando Rodney‘s time as an effective reliever, but how about the guy who used to close games before he showed up in town? Farquhar was straight up one of the absolutely elite relievers in the game from 2013 to 2014. Now he might be in line for a call-up that he really doesn’t deserve.
Okay, so Farquhar’s pitched fine in Tacoma. But his K rate there is still below where it’s been in the majors the last few years, and the biggest problem he faced in MLB this year was that he forgot how to get hitters to strike out. Think he’ll have regained his strikeouts-on-strikeouts-on-strikeouts form by the time rosters expand? Me neither, but since he’s on the 40-man we’ll get a chance to see for ourselves.
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