A few random notes that I found, and a few questions for the community.
(Saw this in the Journal yesterday.) Even with all of the injuries this year, Uncle Smokey is not at the top of the list for most lineups used. That goes to Manny Acta who has used 102 lineups in 113 games. The article did not list every team, but Smokey is somewhere between 68 and 93. I’m guessing that one of our more resourceful members (Coleman, this is you), knows where to find this info.
I don’t think Perry has looked right all season, but his #’s are worse when he pitches on back to back nights.
Have Fu Te Ni and Enrique Gonzales been the cause of losses, or the effect?
After Tuesday’s loss, the Tigers are 30-22 when they get a quality start. The first-place Twins are 48-12 when they get a quality start. (Courtesy of John Lowe). So is this an indication of a bad bullpen, poor run support, or both?
Well, we all know that we are 7-22 since the all-star break. (Holy cats that is ugly in type.) And we all know that injuries are a significant part of that. But our relief pitching has been just as bad as the offense, and has been a huge cause of .300 baseball.
Take a look at our pitching splits before the all star break, and then after. Baseball Musings makes it hard to see traditional pitching metrics (again, I’m sure that one of our posters will chime in with relevant data), but you can see a few things. Take a look at the starters OPS allowed (.761 pre/.755 post AS game), versus the relievers (.662 pre / .877 post). .877 OPS allowed is not good. By way of comparison, Boston’s offense leads the majors in OPS at .803. Our starters have been decent over the past month, with a 4.39 ERA and 1.42 WHIP. But they are 5-14 during that span despite 14 quality starts. Scherzer and Verlander have combined for an ERA around 3, but only a 3-5 record to show for it. Here are our bullpen ERAs since the All Star Break:
Valverde: 8.74 (up from .92)
Perry: 2.51 (down from 5.47)
Coke: 3.38 (up almost a full run)
Gonzales: 6.17 (up from 2.25)
Weinhardt: 8.49 (up from 2.25)
Bonine: 6.55 (up from 2.81)
Thomas: 5.91 (up from 4.12)
Offensively, the offense was pretty average pre (.768 OPS), and has been downright terrible post (.652 OPS). Injuries to Inge, Maggs and Guillen have hurt, but I’m not sure that we are in the race if those guys had stayed healthy. (Incredibly 4 teams have been worse than us offensively over the past 30 days.) I’d be curious to see where we are record-wise compared against all of MLB during that time frame.
So anyway, what are your expectations over the final 48 games? Do we make a run at the Central? Do we make a run at respectability? Or do we continue to slip further and further away, and perpetuate the 2nd half spiral that has come to define our team of the last few years?