Thursday, August 8, 2013

How bad is the bullpen?

I thought I'd take a look at the Astros' bullpen, which is the Major League Baseball equivalent of a game of Russian Roulette, and see just how bad it's been compared to the rest of the Majors. So let's put it in context:


TeamERA/WHIPOPSBlSvSave%
ATL2.40/1.13.5891079%
KC2.80/1.20.6571471%
PIT2.89/1.13.620982%
OAK2.93/1.14.6261174%
MIL2.95/1.18.6441466%
MIN3.02/1.16.6401468%
TEX3.03/1.24.653685%
NYY3.12/1.25.685686%
TOR3.19/1.20.6741365%
SF3.22/1.32.6851074%
ARI3.27/1.27.6992061%
SD3.48/1.25.7031073%
CIN3.60/1.22.6801174%
BAL3.63/1.24.6941772%
MIA3.68/1.35.6901071%
LAD3.69/1.29.6791668%
NYM3.71/1.30.7031464%
BOS3.74/1.33.7271659%
WAS3.75/1.33.6971468%
TB3.75/1.22.6401271%
DET3.84/1.28.6841170%
StL3.91/1.30.6901273%
CLE4.01/1.35.7122057%
CHW4.05/1.41.7021171%
COL4.06/1.35.7271168%
CHC4.20/1.41.7642454%
LAA4.25/1.34.6921368%
PHI4.37/1.49.7651265%
SEA4.49/1.38.7151468%
HOU5.29/1.56.8481955%

6 comments:

Wes McMahan said...

I don't see how the Cubs and Diamondbacks could have more blown saves.

Terence said...

Then you don't understand how silly stats like wins, saves, and blown saves work. It comes down to opportunity. If you want a stat that is less context dependent, the Astros bullpen pitchers have a shutdown to meltdown ratio of 1.26 (which is last in baseball as you would expect). The Cubs are at 1.43 and the Diamondbacks 2.24.

Anonymous said...

simple Astros bullpen gives it up in the 7th and 8th. cubs wait till the ninth.

Anonymous said...

For the love of God

Anonymous said...

A stat like this makes me wonder what kind of W/L record the stros would have if they had even a league average bullpen. Sadly, I'm too lazy to do my own homework. Are there any cheerleaders around?

MoleBoy said...

You have to be in a position to get a save in order to blow it. I would imagine the Astros have been in that position fewer times than any other team.

It's not like the Astros have any real workhorses in the rotation. And when the starter comes out in the 5th or 6th, if they are lucky enough to have a lead the bullpen will seemingly give it up immediately.

It's pretty frustrating to watch (or in my case to read about here), but the atrociousness of the bullpen is pretty inconsequential. They are usually patchwork and unpredictable as they are made up of pitchers with something that has prevented them from being starters. As the team gets better as a whole, so will the bullpen. Their terribleness is probably doing the team a favor at this point.