After the 2017 season, Seung Hwan Oh’s status as a major leaguer was in jeopardy. He owned a 4.10 ERA and a FIP indicating that it should have been worse at 4.44. The Korean born sophomore had an ERA+ of 103, down from the 212 he sported in his rookie year. Oh left his fans wondering if his first season in which he finished sixth in the rookie of the year voting, was a fluke, and the unreliable pitcher from 2017, was the real pitcher his team would be getting.
Oh signed with the Jays after spending just two seasons with St. Louis and has since proven that the elite pitcher from 2016, is the player that his team can expect and the standards he can be held to.
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In 2018, Oh has pitched to the tune of a 2.74 ERA and a 1.022 WHIP. His ERA+ has climbed back to a mark that is well above average at 155 and he has struck out batters at a 10.6 per nine innings clip and despite all of this, his price tag should still be pretty low due to numbers that could indicate a slight second-half regression.
Oh’s FIP is currently at 3.07 and his hits per nine innings rate is at 7.2. That and Oh is a rental. The 36-year old is under contract for the remainder of the season and has a team option for the 2019 season. Oh is owed roughly one million dollars for the remainder of the season.
Oh has experience in the late-inning as he has served as the closer with Cardinals and the emergency closer in Toronto so the Dodgers could buy cheap and stick him at the end of the games right before Kenley.