Zeus WAS amazing on Friday.
One of my concerns with Paxton remains, that after his eyepopping 4-start cameo in 2013 he has the following Games Started numbers in his first three potential full-seasons: 13, 13, 19 (and probably 21).
The other concern Paxton has gone a long way toward convincing me he's overcome it. His so-far-career-long tendency to pitch lights out until he runs into some adversity, at which point he falls apart. His overall number have looked pretty doggone good (3.40 career ERA). He looks like The Incredible Hulk for three innings until somebody makes an error, at which point he suddenly transforms into Bruce Banner. This phenomenon does underscore how unhittable he is when he's going good, because his ERA takes into account the meltdowns. It's why in private (and occasionally here) call him Rockhead. But at some point this season he started pushing through jams with regularity.
It's a cryin' shame he got that line drive to his elbow. The September injuries to Taijuan Walker and Paxton surely altered the M's destiny in 2016. The team's adversity started the moment of Paxton's injury.
If Zeus and Phad Thai both put together full, healhty seasons next year that'll go a long way to creating a context which will allow Felix to fully figure out his reinvention. Add in one more productive year out of Kuma and we've got something. But it all hinges on Paxton and Walker.