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Stat-head setup man? Daniel Bard reads Fan Graphs

Apr 21, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

Boston Red Sox Daniel Bard pitches against Tampa Bay Rays during American League MLB baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

In general pitchers seem much more willing to embrace sabermetrics than position players, as guys like Zack Greinke, Brian Bannister, and Max Scherzer have been vocal about their interest in and reliance on various new-school numbers.

Daniel Bard joined that club yesterday by admitting to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe that he visits Fan Graphs to check out their “shutdowns” and “meltdowns” stats, which are interesting new ways to evaluate relievers.

Bard is one of the best non-closer relievers in baseball, so it makes sense that he’d be interested in a stat that attempts to evaluate relievers based on something other than save totals. Last season Bard ranked fourth among all MLB relievers with 38 “shutdowns” compared to 10 “meltdowns.”

As he told Abraham: “People should Google it, it’s interesting. It’s just another way to look at things.”

  1. spudchukar - Apr 21, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Read Less, Practice More.

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 21, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Don’t injure that right arm of yours patting yourself on the back, buddy.

  3. wurst2first - Apr 21, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Don’t forget “Disco” Hayes! If I remember correctly he was pretty stat-ly too. Minor league journeymen count, right?

  4. mentalotherhalf - Apr 21, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    No advanced metric makes .353 a winning rate.

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