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On Bullpen Fungibility

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Over at the Sweet Spot, David Schoenfield “strolls through the stats” and comes up with this gem:

Joaquin Benoit had a 1.34 ERA for the Rays in 2010, prompting the Tigers to sign him to a three-year, $16.5 million contract — one of the biggest ever for a middle reliever, one with a 4.47 career ERA. After giving up three runs on Sunday, Benoit has allowed 11 runs already — one more than all of 2010. Moral of the story: Never read too much into 60 fluke-ish innings.

Combined with Rafael Soriano’s performance in New York (1.784 WHIP!), you gotta’ figure the Rays did okay by letting these guys walk: their bullpen is doing fine, and so are they.

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Written by jjvedamuthu

May 3, 2011 at 16:29

Posted in Baseball, Bullpen, Rays

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