2. Matthew Boyd
Last week, the Tigers made it known Matthew Boyd would not be pitching for the next month as he deals with tendinitis and inflammation in his throwing arm. Not good.
Before that, the left-hander seemed like the perfect acquisition for the Dodgers. On a floundering Tigers team, Boyd rediscovered his form through his first 13 starts, registering a 3.44 ERA and 1.20 WHIP with 56 strikeouts in 70.2 innings of work.
At the very least, the Dodgers probably wouldn’t have had to give up a prohibitive haul here, and Boyd could’ve filled a much-needed spot in the rotation before likely joining the bullpen for the postseason. The value of Boyd in the ‘pen for October can’t be understated, either. He could’ve helped the Dodgers save face in games where their starters weren’t able to get the job done or help them preserve their top relievers for the later innings.
What a shame, because his peripherals were nice, too. He was getting a lot of batters to chase, he was missing barrels and avoiding hard contact, and his walk rate is in the 77th percentile.
Welp, kiss Boyd goodbye, because this is a risk the Dodgers cannot take, and at this point the Tigers are likely going to ride it out with their lefty.