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Thursday, October 05, 2017

MLB Playoffs: Key relievers to watch for each team - Beyond the Box Score

I still see Musgrove as a starter. The problem I saw was he was in the strike zone too much. The confidence gained in the bullpen might be the jump he needs to become an effective starter. Next year.

Joe Musgrove, RHP, Houston Astros

Musgrove underwhelmed as a starter early this season, posting a 6.12 ERA over 72 innings. But a move to the bullpen has invigorated Musgrove, as he’s posted a 1.44 ERA with a 21.7 percent strikeout-minus-walk rate in 31.1 relief innings.

Struggling starter turned shutdown reliever: it’s a story seemingly as old as time itself. But just because this is a trite tale doesn’t make it any less impactful. The reliever version of Musgrove is adept at getting strikeouts and groundballs, posting a 51.9 percent groundball rate as a reliever. And, you guessed it, can do it over multiple-inning stints.

The Astros bullpen is one of the best ones remaining, despite their inability to find a reliable left-hander. Having an option like Musgrove to pitch in front of Chris Devenski and Ken Giles makes the Astros bullpen a formidable one, lefty or no lefty.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2017 at 11:10 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, relievers

Friday, September 01, 2017

Chad Green on His Overpowering Repertoire

Chad Green’s 2-0 win-loss record and 2.05 ERA suggest he’s had a successful season. Those numbers only begin to tell the story. Pitching out of the New York Yankees bullpen, the 26-year-old right-hander has allowed just 27 hits in 57 innings while also recording 86 strikeouts…

“[The coaching staff] probably saw that I had a high spin rate, so they said, ‘OK, let’s try throwing more fastballs up in the zone.’ I’d say I probably learned about my spin rate around the middle of the year, after a couple starts in Triple-A.

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: September 01, 2017 at 09:14 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: relievers, spin rate, yankees

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

How Promotions and Demotions Affect Relief Performance – The Hardball Times

I am struck by the fact that all groups outperform their projections on average. I suspect this fact has more to do with the projections themselves and doesn’t mean there’s a hidden pattern here we’re not seeing. If anyone has suggestions for other projection mechanisms that would be suitable, let me know in the comments.

The conclusion here seems straightforward. I can find only the most tenuous connection between a role change for a reliever and his subsequent performance on the field. If a reliever does struggle or suddenly become lights out, look for other factors besides his recent promotion or demotion.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2017 at 10:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: relievers, sabermetrics

 

 

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