Remember when the Red Sox traded 3B Travis Shaw for RP Tyler Thornburg in the 2016-17 offseason? Well that wasn’t a fun move. In the 2017 season, the Mayor of Ding Dong City (Travis Shaw if you do live under a boulder) …
Ha, Shrek is great, sorry continuing. Travis Shaw hit .273 while hitting 31 Ding Dongs and driving in 101 runs!!! And remember, that is when the Red Sox couldn’t score! And what did Thornburg do??? He appeared in zero games. Good start, really on the Boston fans good side! But hey, it was a tough injury, just because he missed the year doesn’t mean it was a bad trade! Right? Right? WRONG.
But hey, let’s compare the 2018 season, both players are playing so we can really see if it was a good trade for the Sox or not. Travis Shaw this season: .241 AVG, 18 HR, 55 RBI, 2.7 WAR, .808 OPS. Those are very solid numbers out of Shaw, but Thornburg is finally playing, those stats have got to be decent, right? You know the answer.
Here is Thornburg’s stat line to start his Red Sox career: 6 games, 0-0 record (okay, not bad), 5.1 IP (small sample size), an 8.44 ERA (oh lord), 5 SO, a .318 AVG against (well hey that is higher than Shaw’s!), 5 Earned Runs.
Going to be brutally honest, that is horrible. And yes, he is just coming back, and I am being the Boston reporter who overacts in two seconds, but I am just making it known that no matter how well this guy eventually does, this trade was a big, fat L.
Do you have hope for the righty? Or does he actually stink?
Let me know!
– Scott Edwards, Creator of WTF Sports