This Winter, everyone jumped on the Tigers bandwagon. Then when Zumaya was determined to be out, Rodney was injured, Cruceta was lost in legal limbo, the sound of people jumping OFF the bandwagon was deafening. Everyone was glad to say that the boys would score a thousand runs, but the big gaping hole in the Tigers this year is the bullpen.
Um, excuse me?
Since the April shellacking against Cleveland (13 games) the bullpen has put in 41 innings, given up 24 hits, 5 runs (all earned) 16 BB and 20K. Now I’m not a rocket scientist, but by my math that’s an ERA of 1.09 and a WHIP of 1.07.
Now, to further my amusement, I looked at what Todd “Rollercoaster” Jones has been doing during that same period:
5IP 3H 2R 2ER 3BB 1K for an ERA of 3.60 and a WHIP of 1.20
Taking that out of the bullpen stats, you can see that WITHOUT Jonesy, the numbers are:
36IP 21H 3R 3R 13BB 19K for an ERA of 0.75 and a WHIP of 0.94.
Sure, I’d like to see less walks, but when your middle relievers and setup guys have an ERA of 0.75, you are gonna win some games.
The bullpen has gone from being the key weakness of the team this year into a something rock solid.
Ok, now I better get back to work.