When one of the top closers misses time in September with a “tired elbow”, it raises some concern for the upcoming season. Despite logging only 57.1 innings in 2019, Brad Hand notched 34 saves for Cleveland with a 3.30 ERA, 3.41 xFIP and 1.24 WHIP. He also won six of his ten decisions with 84 strikeouts against 18 walks en route to his second straight 30-plus save season.

However, his elbow issue and struggles in the second half cloud his outlook for 2020. After the All-Star break, Hand recorded a 5.40 ERA, 4.00 xFIP and a bloated 1.70 WHIP over 20 innings. Hand yielded a run in four straight outings in August totaling seven earned runs in 3.2 innings on 11 hits with three blown saves in them. This preceded his time missed in September. It’s one thing for an MRI to be clean according to reports out of Cleveland, but Hand made one appearance after September 8th. Here are his vertical release points from the last three years by month, take note of the decline in the second half...