Jarrod Washburn was having a heck of a season up in the northwest of
Seattle. An ERA+ of 164. An FIP well under 4.00. It was an unlikely
occurrence, given his lack of greatness in recent seasons. But it was
a welcomed occurrence on his part, for who wouldn’t want to have a good
Washburn was then moved to Detroit, a team in contention, for a
return of a few young, semi-promising players. And since that day, he
has been struggling.
A 6.04 ERA.
But what is the reason? Is Washburn finally regressing back to
himself? Or is it simply a guy adjusting to a new environment? After
all, he is human right? He is not the FIP-bot, or robo-ERA man. He is
a dude learning a new life, in a new city. The sampling is much too
small to begin with. But the struggles have still been there.
Not sure of the reason, but Washburn seems to be having issues on a
team that went out and acquired him based on the notion that he’d help
them get over the hump in the AL Central.
And so far, he hasn’t accomplished that, not even close.