According to the Post-Gazette, former Phillies pitcher Roy Oswalt is closing in on a deal with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Oswalt, 34, is coming off of a season where he went 9-11 with an ERA of 3.69 and a WHIP of 1.34. His K:BB ratio was 2.82, the second worst of his career, behind 2009’s 2.57 (despite being named an All-Star in 2009). His K/9 rate of 6 strikeouts was 6.0, the worst of his career. His 3.95 xFIP showed that Philadelphia’s defense helped him, but not tremendously like Jeff Karsten’s 3.38 ERA to 4.00 xFIP difference.
There doesn’t appear to be a chance that he will absolutely hammer the opposing batters that he faces, like he did in 2002-2007, although the Cardinals do have a history with reclamation projects. He has a career 15-8 record against the Pirates with a 2.58 ERA and a K:BB ratio of 5.45. Let’s hope that he doesn’t go anywhere in the NL Central this season because he will annihilate us, based on past history.