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How many wins did the end of your team’s bench cost them?

Dec 2, 2013, 11:31 AM EDT

Sleepy baseball players

Or get for them. Chris Jaffe of the Hardball Times takes a look at that today.  He analyzes the end of each team’s bench — the dregs of the big league roster — to see who benefitted the most from their Shlabotniks.

One takeaway: any Phillies fan who tells you that they were just a couple of injured starters away from contention is full of it. Their depth was godawful too. Another: The difference between the Rays and the Orioles may very well have been their Shlabotniks.

Interesting stuff.

  1. NatsLady - Dec 2, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Too many! (But probably not enough to make the playoffs.) Pitiful bench, and some fluky stuff happened in the bullpen.

    • natstowngreg - Dec 2, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      No surprises re: Nats. Well, maybe a little that the bullpen negative wasn’t bigger. The little things that helped them win 98 games in 2012 failed them in 2013. At least, until early August, when it was too late.

      One nice feature of the Nats’ 2013 was how Ross Ohlendorf (aka The Windup), Taylor Jordan and Tanner Roark stepped up to fill Ross Detwiler’s rotation slot. A retread and a couple of not very highly-rated prospects.

    • lisaggamino - Dec 2, 2013 at 8:31 PM

      —my friend’s step-aunt makes 82 usd an hour on the laptop. She has been out of work for six months but last month her paycheck was 20264 usd just working on the laptop for a few hours. go to website….;;;;;;;; .

  2. scotttheskeptic - Dec 2, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    The Phils were 7-1/2 everyday players, a bullpen, a bench, and a starter or 3 from contention. And the worst part is the GM refuses to admit it.

    • paperlions - Dec 2, 2013 at 2:55 PM

      Maybe he’s just….you know….skeptical.

  3. moogro - Dec 2, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Making up his own acronyms for cities made that harder to read than necessary.

  4. chill1184 - Dec 2, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    He looks comfortable on that bench

  5. stex52 - Dec 2, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Wow, what a surprise! Not only were the Astros bad, but their bench made them worse. Anyone who saw the nightmare that was those relief pitchers probably could have guessed that result.

  6. historiophiliac - Dec 2, 2013 at 1:16 PM


  7. Francisco (FC) - Dec 2, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    All I know is the Cubs should seriously consider making their bench players starters and their marginal arms primary arms.

    • wonkypenguin - Dec 2, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      This is exactly what I was thinking. But isn’t that how you want a rebuilding team to look?

  8. temporarilyexiled - Dec 2, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Great article.

    Thanks for sharing it.

    By the way, shouldn’t the picture you used go with the previous post?

  9. raysfan1 - Dec 2, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    The Rays’ bench production is not a surprise as they focus a lot of attention on role players. The O’s not doing so well was. I recall that it was one of Earl Weaver’s goals to always have the best bench in baseball.

    • Francisco (FC) - Dec 2, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      one of Earl Weaver’s goals to always have the best bench in baseball.

      Maybe he shopped at IKEA?

  10. peterjohnjoseph - Dec 2, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Cool article.

    It’s cool to see a Bill James Runs Created principal in use for the calculation, and the team Bill James works for in Boston 20 points ahead of all other teams on the Bench Positional Player scale. Its also cool to see the team they played in the World Series in the Cardinals right behind them. I guess that proves depth over a roster is what gets wins over a long season.

    It does pain me to see the pitching outside the top 5 so low for both teams, although I guess it to be expected. You throw in a bunch of pitchers over the season and see what works if one goes down. Once in a while, one will stick. More often, one will stink.

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