Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

FG (Sullivan): The Tigers and the Angels Needn’t Scramble for Help

September roster expansion is weird, if you think about it.

recently, of course, the Angels lost Garrett Richards for the year. Meanwhile, Anibal Sanchez experienced a setback in his injury rehab, and now it’s unclear whether he’ll be able to return in the regular season…

This year, replacement-level starting pitchers have averaged an ERA close to 5, and an FIP close to 5. Meanwhile, replacement-level relief pitchers have averaged an ERA a little under 4, and an FIP a little under 4. This is very basic stuff. This is why, for one-game playoffs, you’ll often see it suggested that teams try bullpen games. Or at least, that teams be more aggressive with their bullpens. This isn’t something you can do feasibly during much of the regular season, because you’d wear your relievers down, and you’d have to be constantly shuttling guys back and forth between the majors and Triple-A. But in September, teams are free to roster much bigger pitching staffs, which allows for greater flexibility. Precisely the sort of flexibility that could work to Anaheim and Detroit’s benefit…

Maybe, in a sense, it’s unfair that the Angels could patch up a rotation hole in this way. But maybe, in another sense, it’s unfair that the Angels weren’t left with many options to patch up the hole when it opened. As long as the September rules are what they are, teams might as well try to take advantage of them. A few teams in contention are positioned to do just that.

The District Attorney Posted: August 27, 2014 at 07:09 PM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: angels, strategy, tigers

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: August 27, 2014 at 07:25 PM (#4780361)
....or they could take on, like, Kyle Kendrick's or Bartolo Colon's salary and NOT #### with the way these relief pitchers have been used for their entire professional careers.
   2. Cooper Nielson Posted: August 28, 2014 at 02:26 AM (#4780636)
I'm thinking the Tigers could work out trades for Doug Fister and Drew Smyly.
   3. Bhaakon Posted: August 28, 2014 at 03:44 AM (#4780640)

....or they could take on, like, Kyle Kendrick's or Bartolo Colon's salary and NOT #### with the way these relief pitchers have been used for their entire professional careers.


If we're talking about replacement level relievers here, long men and guys bouncing between the minors and majors, I'm not sure that it's terribly different than what they're already used to. Established veteran relievers might be comfortable in their cushy roles, but fringe guys always taking whatever major league innings they can get, however they can get them. No one is arguing for starting the game with your setup guy and having your closer throw the final three frames.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Sebastian
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOTP 16 Jan. 2017: The ‘honor’ Trumps politics in scheduling Cubs’ White House visit
(1092 - 12:07pm, Jan 19)
Last: Joey B. is counting the days to Trea Turner

Newsblog2017 Baseball Hall of Fame election results | MLB.com
(111 - 12:00pm, Jan 19)
Last: ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick

NewsblogWhat the Hall of Fame elections will look like through 2022
(41 - 11:58am, Jan 19)
Last: Howie Menckel

NewsblogOT - December 2016 NBA thread
(1148 - 11:52am, Jan 19)
Last: JC in DC

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-19-2017
(7 - 11:52am, Jan 19)
Last: Tom Nawrocki

NewsblogJosh Hamilton Prepared to Earn Spot on Rangers' Roster
(13 - 11:31am, Jan 19)
Last: Styles P. Deadball

NewsblogBraves zero in on Sarasota County for spring training
(15 - 10:08am, Jan 19)
Last: akrasian

Sox TherapySox In The Hall
(3 - 10:04am, Jan 19)
Last: karlmagnus

NewsblogClass of 2017 awaits call from Hall of Fame | MLB.com
(92 - 9:56am, Jan 19)
Last: SoSH U at work

NewsblogOn the Polo Grounds: When Fans Were Fans
(21 - 9:48am, Jan 19)
Last: ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick

NewsblogRyan Thibs has his 2017 HOF Tracker Up and Running
(932 - 9:47am, Jan 19)
Last: SoSH U at work

Sox Therapy2017 in Review
(4 - 9:35am, Jan 19)
Last: Jose is El Absurd Pollo

NewsblogRead the open letter Tim Raines wrote after learning he'd been inducted into the Hall of Fame | MLB.com
(4 - 9:30am, Jan 19)
Last: asinwreck

NewsblogRelocation Less Common in MLB Than NFL, Other Leagues
(43 - 9:07am, Jan 19)
Last: BrianBrianson

NewsblogMatheny: Spring training 'priorities' may look different this year | stltoday.com
(9 - 3:20am, Jan 19)
Last: Fancy Pants with a clinging marmoset on his Handle

Page rendered in 0.2263 seconds
47 querie(s) executed