As we all know, the homer numbers this year are absurd. The speculation is that the baseball is different and that is a big reason for the rise in homers. We also know that players are learning more about launch angles and things like that and are changing their swings.
How much will those numbers effect your evaluation of pitchers? It has always been talked about that pitchers can control 3 things...strikeouts, walks and homers. If the baseball is being screwed with, some of their ability to control the homer may have been taken away from them this season.
We don't know if MLB will do something about the baseball or not but there is enough blow back with how this season is going that I think they will.
Chris asked in a few threads about what you want the BP and rotation to look like.
A name I thought about was Chris Devenski. I could see Houston DFA'ing him and obviously, there is a connection with Elias there. His ERA is 4.8 but his K and BB rates are very good. His HR rate is terrible. Still, if the ball goes back to where it was, we could be looking at a sub 3 ERA reliever again.
I think this is something to watch this offseason. There may be some bargains out there as teams see guys who had "bad years".
NOTE: This is in no way a thread about the current Os pitchers. We all know most of them are not ML worthy and probably would be getting crushed either way, although a guy like Dillon Tate maybe wouldn't be giving up the homers he did with a normal ball.