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Orioles, Rangers have best bullpen ERAs so far

May 8, 2012, 6:39 PM EDT

Matt Wieters, Jim Johnson AP

Baltimore’s surprising start owes a lot to the relievers, who have gone 8-2 with a remarkable 1.54 ERA in 99 2/3 innings to date. Here’s the list of ERAs for every major league bullpen to date:

1. Orioles – 1.54
2. Rangers – 2.02
3. Yankees – 2.31
4. Reds – 2.34
5. Athletics – 2.59
6. Pirates – 2.76
7. Padres – 2.83
8. Astros – 2.90
9. White Sox – 3.03
10. Marlins – 3.45
11. Nationals – 3.47
12. Mariners – 3.71
13. Cardinals – 3.74
14. Royals – 3.75
15. Cubs – 3.81
16. Giants – 3.98
17. Twins – 4.01
18. Diamondbacks – 4.02
19. Braves – 4.06
20. Rockies – 4.09
21. Indians – 4.17
22. Dodgers – 4.23
23. Tigers – 4.25
24. Blue Jays – 4.25
25. Red Sox – 4.41
26. Rays – 4.45
27. Mets – 4.57
28. Brewers – 4.68
29. Angels – 4.75
30. Phillies – 4.86

- Give the Royals pen some extra credit here. Not only are they minus Joakim Soria and Greg Holland, but they’ve had the heaviest workload of any relief corps so far, throwing 110 1/3 innings. The next highest is the Rockies at 101 1/3.

- The Angels, on the other hand, have asked less of their pen than any other team and gotten it. Their relievers have thrown just 60 2/3 innings. The Phillies have the next fewest at 70 1/3 innings.

  1. Kevin Gillman - May 8, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    The Indians number at 4.17 includes Wheeler and Asencio’s numbers, so that is a bit blown up, but when the Indians have a lead after 7 innings, with Pestano in 8th, and Chris Perez in 9th innings….ballgame.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 8, 2012 at 7:03 PM

      Chris Perez? This Chris Perez http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/04/05/chris-perez-ruins-justin-mastersons-stellar-day/

      Also a guy striking out 6.39/9, walking 3.55/9 and not having giving up a HR even though he’s only got a 37.5% GB rate is due for a huge regression.

      • Kevin Gillman - May 8, 2012 at 7:18 PM

        Chris Perez has 11 saves in 12 chances. In this day and age where many closers are either hurt or getting pulled, I’ll take that any day of the week.

      • baseballisboring - May 8, 2012 at 8:52 PM

        ^ Sure. Just don’t expect it to continue.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 8, 2012 at 10:23 PM

        Speaking of saves, someone explain to me how Perez got a save during this game:
        http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/OAK/OAK201204210.shtml

        Up 5-1, two men on Perez comes in and gets the final out and grabs the save? Up 4 with 2 outs?

      • Kevin S. - May 8, 2012 at 11:20 PM

        Two men on. I’m pretty sure if you come in with the tying run on deck and hold the lead to finish the game, you get the save.

  2. Charles Gates - May 8, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Imagine what the Baltimore bullpen would look like if you substituted an average pitcher in for Kevin Gregg, who is no longer trusted to pitch up by 6 in the ninth.

    • proudlycanadian - May 8, 2012 at 8:19 PM

      Keep Gregg in the Baltimore bullpen please.

  3. danielcp0303 - May 8, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Astros at number 8, well done

  4. baseballisboring - May 8, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Red Sox are 25th now, woo! Papelbon who???

  5. bmorethansteel - May 8, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    Jonathan Papelbon plays for the Phillies not the Red Sox

    • baseballisboring - May 8, 2012 at 10:20 PM

      NO way! Really? Good for the Phightins then. As long as they didn’t go more than, say, 3 years and $49 million I’d say it’s a good deal.

  6. uyf1950 - May 8, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    I’m going to guess after this evening game the O’s bullpen ERA takes a hit (no pun intended).

  7. ravensos - May 8, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    @church, there were 2 runners on base

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