Is This the Worst Bullpen in the NL?

Bullpens can be measure in plenty of different ways, but we know ERA doesn’t tell the whole story. Anyone who’s on base when a starter leaves gets charged to the starter if he scores, meaning the bullpen’s ERA gets off scott free. If you look at the Nats bullpen ERA, it’s not good, but it’s not atrocious. They’re sitting at 3.79, which you wouldn’t think would be horrible, but it ranks them 12th in the NL, so there is obvious room for improvement.

But since the ERA doesn’t tell the whole story, where else can we look? An obvious choice is inherited runners scored, which measure those guys that get home when they come in, but aren’t credited to the individual pitching. The Nats rank 13th in the NL here, at 33%.  But since they’ve had more inherited runners than other teams, they actually are the worst in terns of total inherited runners scored in the league.

Couple that with this factoid – there is no team on the list worse than them in BOTH of those two categories (bullpen ERA and inherited runners scored percentage) – and you could make the case that the Nats have had the worst bullpen in the NL so far this year. I’m not quite there, though. Houston’s has been worse in ERA by a significant amount with a 32% inherited runners scored mark. A good case could also be made for Arizona. It may not be the overall #1, but the Nats are certainly among the worst right now.

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One thought on “Is This the Worst Bullpen in the NL?

  1. It is time to give Rizzo the blasting he richly deserves for the team’s bullpen woes. Seriously, did we really let Peralta and Bautista walk despite the fine years they had so we could bring in Gaudin and Coffey? And this idea of trying to keep Broderick up the whole season and steal him from the Cards via Rule 5 is asinine when we have a number of decent young arms down in AAA who could help right now. Broderick just looks like yet another version of Atilano, Martis, Mock and Martin to me. I really don’t get it.

    We can only hope that H-Rod really was worth trading Willingham for or this could quickly turn into a debacle.

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