A lot of discussion has been had lately over the Yankees bullpen. Most of the conversation focuses around the Yankees having to use it so often because of the inability of the starting pitching to go deep into games. Often the bullpen is discussed in a negative light. They give up too many runs. They’re over hyped. They’re under performing. I think that’s not really accurate though and taking a look at the numbers, it’s been a pretty good unit so far.
First off, there’s no denying the Yankees have used their bullpen a lot. It’s hard to tell by looking at the numbers because the Yankees have played the fewest amount of games in baseball so far, so I sorted the data by relief innings pitched per games played:
Let’s look at the bad news first. The Yankees right now lead baseball in “Meltdowns”, which is a WPA context stat determining if the relief pitcher made his team more likely to lose or not. If a reliever makes a team 6% more likely to win, they get a shutdown. If he makes them 6% more likely to lose, he receives a meltdown. The Yankees have 12, tied for the lead with the Cardinals and Royals.
The Yankees also have the second lowest HR/FB ratio in baseball as a relief staff, clocking in at 3.7%. That’s obviously an unsustainable rate. xFIP which normalizes for HR/FB luck pegs the bullpen with a 4.02 xFIP which is middle of the pack.
Onto the better signs.
These are the top 15 bullpens sorted by WAR. As you can see, the Yankees stack up extremely well. The troubling notes here would be the extremely low GB% and the HR/FB ratio which will likely regress. In addition to that, the Yankees have the 8th lowest inherited runners scored % in baseball, just 23%.
Look at the teams sorted by -FIP, which is FIP park and league normalized scaled to 100 (100 is average, lower is better).
The Yankees have the best mark in baseball. Additionally, their BABIP is a regular .303 whereas the Giants and Rockies both might be experiencing some BABIP luck at the moment. The reason their xFIP- is 100 (which is exactly average) is because of the HR/FB number- remember that xFIP thinks that’s unsustainable.
So they’ve been better than advertised to this point, that much is clear. Obviously this isn’t predicting performance going forward- this is just a record of what’s already happened. However I think the bullpen should get a bit more recognition for how well they’ve pitched.
LIKE TYA ON FACEBOOK
- TYA To Merge With It’s About The Money, Stupid
- What about Kevin Youkilis?
- Teix Now Front And Center On The “Needs To Produce” Radar
- Cashman: Heathcott A Dark Horse Candidate
- A Dog Chasing Cars
- Outfield Trade Targets
- The Problem With Brett Gardner
- A Look At Relief Prospect Branden Pinder
- The Yankees Should Be Realistic, Put Team on Short Leash in 2013
- Briefly discussing the internal options to replace Curtis Granderson
- the tao of badass pdf on What about Austin Romine?
- Joey Parkhill on Dante Bichette Jr’s Swing
- lululemon factory outlet on Contact Us
- Cary on Will R.A. Dickey’s Knuckleball Succeed In A Domed Stadium?
- Brenna on Links: Prospects, Support for A-Rod, Mariano is Love and Who’s in Center?
- Louis Vuitton Outlet Sale Singapore on The Monthly Prospector: April Edition
- Authentic Louis Vuitton Outlet Store on The Monthly Prospector: June Edition
- Louis Vuitton Outlet San Diego on Banuelos to Undergo Tommy John Surgery, Yankees Prospectors to Undergo Grief Counseling
- related web site on The Great Subway Race
- get your lover back on Contact Us
TagsA.J. Burnett Alex Rodriguez Andy Pettitte Austin Romine Baltimore Orioles Bartolo Colon Boston Red Sox Brett Gardner Brian Cashman Bullpen CC Sabathia Chien-Ming Wang Cliff Lee Curtis Granderson David Robertson Dellin Betances Derek Jeter Francisco Cervelli Freddy Garcia Game Recap Hiroki Kuroda Ivan Nova Javier Vazquez Jesus Montero Joba Chamberlain Joe Girardi Johnny Damon Jorge Posada Manny Banuelos Mariano Rivera Mark Teixeira Melky Cabrera Michael Pineda New York New York Yankees Nick Johnson Nick Swisher Phil Hughes Prospects Rafael Soriano Red Sox Robinson Cano Russell Martin Tampa Bay Rays Yankees