Frobby Posted June 5, 2017 Share Posted June 5, 2017 I've read a few posts suggesting that the performance of our long relievers is a big reason why we're struggling a bit. So, I decided to divide our bullpen into two groups: (1) Givens, Brach, O'Day and Britton ("GBOB") (2) Everyone else ("Others"). Here's what I found. Last year, GBOB pitched 1.55 innings per game, to a 2.18 ERA; this year, they're pitching 1.53 innings per game, to a 2.99 ERA. Same workload, significantly worse performance. Of course, Britton being on the DL has a lot to do with it, the other big factor being that Brach's ERA is significantly higher this year (3.24 vs. 2.05). (Don't forget, O'Day missed about half of last season.) Last year, Others pitched 1.82 innings per game, to a 4.43 ERA; this year, they're pitching 2.06 innings per game, to a 4.69 ERA. The ERA is worse, but I think a big part of the overall impact is the extra .24 innings per game the Others are pitching compared to last year. And the reason for that is different than you might think -- it's not that the starters have been getting less deep into games (5.46 IP/start last year, 5.42 IP/start this year). It's mostly that the O's have played a lot of extra inning games this year so far -- they've pitched 15.1 extra innings so far this season, compared to a total of 17 all of last year. Of course, the team is 7-1 in those games, so a little tough to complain. Overall, I think the Others have done an OK job. You can't expect too much from relievers 5-17. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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