Spring stats of note – pitching

Similar to yesterdays look at interesting offensive stats, now we’ll look at the pitchers. Also like yesterday, I’m not drawing real conclusions or deriving meaning, just making observation.

Beginning at the end

The big 3 at the back end of the Tigers bullpen are off to a good start. Joel Zumaya, Fernando Rodney, and Todd Jones have combined to allow one run (a solo homer allowed by Rodney) in 10 2/3 innings. Most impressive is the 13:2 strikeout to walk ratio.

Make him earn it

Remember going into the 2004 season when Wil Ledezma was pretty much handed the 5th starter spot? He struggled in spring training, and struggled more in the regular season. This year he is pretty much assured a spot in the bullpen and has struggled with 3 walks and no strike outs to go along with 6 hits and 4 runs over 5 innings. This comes after an inconsistent stint in winter league ball. Maybe he’s one of those guys that needs to be pushed.

Did you Seay that?

Probably the least mentioned guy in the bullpen-lefty battle is Bobby Seay. Seay outpitched Franklyn German to make the squad last year before being demoted to AAA. He’s off to a good start this spring allowing only 1 run (unearned) in 5 1/3 innings.

Breaking Camp

While Edward Campusano isn’t going to unseat Ledezma, he’s doing everything right so far. He’s allowed one hit and no runs in 5 innings with 4 strikeouts including 2 innings following a shaky Justin Verlander against a potent Red Sox offense. The only hiccup is 3 walks.

Speaking of Verlander

He’s had some good innings, and then he’s had some innings like yesterday’s first inning featuring a grand slam. He’s now allowed 9 hits and 3 walks and only 2 K’s in 5 innings. Now many will look at his stats and question whether he threw too many innings last year. This would be wrong to do. You should have already been concerned about his 2006 workload. Five innings in the first 2 weeks of spring training shouldn’t change that no matter what the results.

Mr. Robertson

Nate Robertson probably has the most impressive stat line so far amongst the starters. He’s recorded 14 outs, 6 of them via the strikeout and allowed only 3 hits.

Mr. Bonderman

Jeremy Bonderman has been nearly as good, like Robertson allowing only 3 hits. The only difference is that 2 of them were, as Rod Allen would say, “big flies.”


  1. Andy in WB

    March 12, 2007 at 1:18 am

    Correct me if I’m wrong but Campusano has to stay on the 25 man roster or be offered back to his original team, I think he has a great chance of beating out Ledezma, if anything Ledezma should feel pushed. My only question is can Campusano eat a few innings or is he a one and done guy?

  2. Brian

    March 12, 2007 at 1:49 am

    Why does Ledezma need to be out for Campusano to be in? There is 12 spots in the bullpen plenty of room for both.

  3. PHT in HK

    March 12, 2007 at 3:33 am

    12 spots in the bullpen?

  4. billfer

    March 12, 2007 at 7:10 am

    Yeah, I didn’t mean to imply that it was an either/or with Campusano or Ledezma – but it does read that way. The either/or is more likely Seay/Campusano (and Miner and others).

  5. Kyle J

    March 12, 2007 at 8:00 am

    Verlander’s workload last year is a major concern–maybe THE major concern going into this year. Should the Tigers think about finding ways to rest him? Baseball Prospectus suggests the possibility of using him out of the bullpen for the first month of the season. This makes some sense to me. Give Ledezma some starts early and use Verlander for a few innings of long relief here and there.