The 24-year-old was a bust in 15 outings as a starter this year, going 6–9 with a 6.12 ERA and an incredible .882 OPS against—meaning that he essentially turned every batter he faced, on average, into Eric Hosmer. He lost his gig in mid-July. Then he became awesome. In 23 relief appearances, Musgrove had a 1.44 ERA and a .565 OPS against; suddenly, he was transforming opponents into lineups filled with Austin Romines. Basically, hitters no longer had multiple plate appearances each night to familiarize themselves with him—and his short outings meant that he instantly added two miles an hour to his average fastball (up to 95.5 mph). With Chris Devenski struggling as of late, and Lance McCullers still adjusting to his relief ace role, it could be Musgrove who serves as the ultimate late innings bridge to closer Ken Giles.
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