Scouts: ESPN’s Keith Law recently stated that Brad Brach didn’t belong in the All-Star game despite having one of the best seasons among all relief pitchers. Brach is third in ERA (.88), 6th in WHIP (.799), has a .197 BABIP, 10.52 K/9 and has given up just 5 ER in 51.1 IP. He has 60k vs 15 BB, and ESPN thinks he didn’t belong. His ERA+ is 509. Now I’m more than used to the fact that ESPN is chock full of fucking morons, who couldn’t care less if you aren’t playing in New York, Boston, or St. Louis (And SF every other year), and I’ve long since stopped paying them any mind. But it has gotten me thinking. Of all positions in baseball, relief pitching is by far the most difficult to easily measure. They have been largely overlooked for years, and it’s been only recently, that quality relief pitchers have become coveted. Sure, we all love sexy starters and closers, and well, guys who can hit the ball a mile, but what about that guy who comes in, gets a key out or two in the 7th with two men on and stops a rally before it can begin? How do you measure that? What is your go to stat? Do you use hold? Saves suck for the same reason as RBI or W, as they are too team dependent. Do you prefer WHIP? BABIP? K/9? Discuss below.
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Rangers 6, Angels 8 – Pujlos hits two more home runs and Lincecum gets the victory.
Blue Jays 5, D’Backs 1 – Encarnacion’s three run home run was more than Sanchez needed.
Mets 2, Cubs 1 – Prof: Thor vs Arrieta. Arrieta looked sharp in seven innings, but the Mets come back in the ninth to take the win on the road.
Marlins 2, Phillies 1 F/10 – Both teams hit solo home runs in the 4th, until Christian Yelich broke it open with a two out single in the 10th.
Brewers 2, Pirates 3 – Pirates almost blew it allowing the tying run in the 9th to score, before waling it off on a little league inside the park home run.
Twins 6, Tigers 2 – Prof: Tommy Milone pitched his heart out (two outs shy of a complete game), and Brian Dozier hit a two run homer to seal the deal for Minnesota.
Braves 5, Reds 4 F/11 – Prof: Atlanta wins despite the best (worst) efforts of emergency closer Jim Johnson, who blew the lead in the ninth. But thanks to Ender Inciarte, the Braves come back to defeat the Reds.
Rays 10, Rockies 1 – Only Trevor Story’s solo kept this from being a completely whalloping. Pearce (fresh off the DL) and Longoria went yard for the Rays who are starting to get their pieces back.
Astros 3, A’s 4 – Springer hits number 21 but it wasn’t enough for the Astros, who blew another golden opportunity to put a dent in the division standings.
White Sox 6, Mariners 1 – Seattle just couldn’t punch through the door as Chicago got home runs from Frazier, Cabrera and Lawrie.
Orioles 1, Yankees 7 – Prof: Yankees capitalize on every hit they get with as many runs as they cruise past a banged up Baltimore. Orioles now hold only a 1/2 game lead over Boston in the AL East.
Dodgers 8, Nationals 4 – Kazmir did just enough to keep the Nats down. Butley had three RBI’s on the night.
Giants 0, Red Sox 4 – Prof: David Ortiz knocks in three runs and defeats former teammate Jake Peavy.
Indians 7, Royals 3 – Napoli hit a 2 run HR in the first and it was all downhill from there.
Padres, Cardinals – PP.