Once again, Houston seemed to work its magic after acquiring Ryan Pressly from the Twins last year. Pressly finished the year as one of seven relievers with at least 100 strikeouts. He also joined an elite group of 10 relief pitchers in the second half to record a swinging strikeout percentage of at least 15 (Pressly reached 16 percent), strikeouts minus walks percentage of at least 25 (31.6 percent) and an xFIP below three (2.34). These numbers align with Josh Hader ’s breakout in the second half of 2017 which he carried over to last year.

On the season, Pressly appeared in 77 games with two wins, two saves, 101 strikeouts against 22 walks, a 2.54 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. After he joined the Astros, Pressly recorded an eye popping 32:3 K:BB rate in 23.1 innings with a 0.77 ERA and 0.60 WHIP. During this stretch, Pressly threw fewer fastballs while slightly increasing his slider usage and ramped up curves in his arsenal. This fueled a career high in swinging strike percentage...