BSW Stats for August 2012

Well, it’s better late than never, so here we go with the summary post for the month of August.

Because the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Orange County, California’s bullpen were so collectively bad, they are the reason why Boston’s Alfredo Aceves isn’t given the marquee this month.  Aceves’ three blown saves in August makes him the worst individual reliever in the month, but the Angels had four different relievers blow saves in August, with three of them blowing more than one.  For this reason alone, the Angels collective bullpen gets the nod over Aceves.

More stats and analysis after the jump: Read more »

The worst kind of loss

Yesterday, for the third time in his career, Josh Johnson has been the losing pitcher in a 1-0 game.  This also makes the second time it came at the hands of the Phillies, with the previous time being the Roy Halladay perfect game.

We have to imagine that Josh Johnson would like to throttle some of his teammates for being completely inept at scraping together at least one run during these games, while he’s pitching lights-out baseball, but sometimes that’s just how things unfortunately pan out.  The first time this happened against the Phillies, frankly nobody could hit Roy Halladay, but being shut down by Kyle Kendrick for seven innings has to be enough for anyone to become homicidal.

However, it’s not even that which makes the loss so bad.  It’s the fact that the game’s sole run came on the second pitch of the entire game, when Jimmy Rollins smacked a line drive home run into the corner, which would be the entire decision right then and there.  Think about that for a second; the game started at 7:10 pm EST, and at 7:11, maybe 7:12 pm, the game was decided.  Over the span of the next two hours and 32 minutes, there were 254 official pitches thrown in which zero additional offense was mounted for either team.

All while Josh Johnson hurled pitch after pitch for eight total innings, allowing just one more hit and one more walk, striking out seven, while the Fish couldn’t muster but just two RISP chances, which Carlos Lee flew out to end both threats.

1-0 defeats are nothing new to Josh Johnson at this point, but to lose after the first batter of the game?  That’s truly the worst kind of defeat.

BSW Stats for July 2012

July is in the rear-view mirror now, so let’s take a look at all the disastrous carnage that came out of the bullpen in the guise of relief pitching.

It’s been a while since we witnessed such a horrendous month since Matt Thornton blew like fifty saves in early 2011, but the Milwaukee Brewers decided that they were up to the task to remind us of the volatility of relief pitching.  Heading into July, John Axford and Francisco Rodriguez were sitting on four and two blown saves apiece, fairly unsuspecting and middle of the pack.  By the time July ended, the two of them sit atop the leaderboard for blown saves with seven and six apiece.  For the individual month, K-Rod bested Axford with four blown saves in the month, the highest individual total for the year so far.  We here would be lying if we said that there’s not a smirk on our faces when hearing K-Rod’s name as having that honor.

Regardless, add in the contributions of Kameron Loe (2 BS) and Livan Hernandez (1 BS), and the Milwaukee Brewers blew and astounding 10 save situations in July.  BS,W has only been running since the start of 2011, but this is the highest single month total for a team we’ve recorded.

As a total, the Brewers have a majors-best/worst 22 blown saves total.  This is more than half the total of the entire AL West.  Keep it going, boys.

And now the rest of the stats and analysis for the month: Read more »

BSW Stats for June 2012

With the month of June in the books, let’s take a look back at all the mayhem that emerged from the bullpen.

Aroldis Chapman entered the month of June with but just one blown save on the year.  However, when the smoke of June lifted, Chapman now stands near the upper echelon of unreliable relievers with a total of four blown saves.  His three blown saves in June is tied for the most on the month, but his hijinks earlier on in the month where he celebrated a successful save situation with two grade school-like tumbling somersaults, he’s pretty much on the radar of all batters who want nothing more than to see him blow more saves as opposed to other relievers.

But if Chapman wants to be the cock of the walk, he’s going to have a little bit of a challenge in catching the man who leads the Majors in blown saves.  The top spot was deadlocked at five blown saves for most of May, but right at the very end, one man emerged among the dogpile to claim the top spot.  Seattle’s Brandon League now has the title for most blown saves on the year with six, and his closest competition in Philadelphia’s Chad Qualls, was designated for assignment, meaning League might be “safe” for a little while.

More stats and analysis, after the jump.  Read more »

BSW Stats for May 2012

With May now in the rear-view mirror, let’s take a look back to the relief carnage throughout the month.

Chad Qualls of the Phillies went to work in May, blowing three saves in the month to easily put him on the upper-echelon of relief screwups for the entire year.  It should also be mentioned that Matt Thornton of the White Sox also blew three saves, one of those also being a BSW, but he’s taken enough abuse from last year, and frankly, there were no good pictures of Thornton, humbled on the mound while someone was doing their home run trot in the background.  Not to mention we’re don’t hide our bias, and it’s always good to see the Phillies and failure in the same sentence.

A surprising tip of the cap should go to the Houston Astros, for one, not being the worst team in baseball, as many of them had them already pegged, but for two, being the only team in Major League Baseball to go through the month of May without blowing any saves.  One might argue that the Astros simply aren’t a good enough team to be regularly put in a position of save situations, but the Twins, Cubs and Padres have plenty of blown saves among the cellar dwellers.

And the official stats and more analysis after the jump, because we’re all a bunch of stat loving geeks. Read more »

It’s only Birdland when Josh Hamilton isn’t around

I can’t speak for everyone else, but whenever I see the words “Texas Rangers” followed by “at Baltimore,” it always goes back to that one fateful night in 2007, when the Rangers hung 30 runs on the Orioles in probably the most lopsided victory I’ll probably ever see in my life.  It made news beyond just the ESPN boundaries, and some of the jokes were priceless:

Ravens spoil shutout against Texans with late-game field goal, lose 30-3; wait what?  Baseball??

Just last night, the Rangers pummeled the Orioles in Baltimore again, most notably highlighted by Josh Hamilton having a five-for-five night, with four homers and a double.  Ironically, a 10-3 score doesn’t look quite right given the circumstances.

The bottom line is, there’s something about Camden Yards that makes the Texas Rangers, and especially Josh Hamilton click.

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This is what ruined perfection looks like

Not to discredit Jered Weaver’s no-hitter in the least bit, but every time there is a no-hitter thrown, my first thought is always “how close was it to being a perfect game?

Because sometimes you see no-hitters like Edwin Jackson’s no-no, when he blanked the Rays, but also walked eight guys and needed 149 pitches, and when Ubaldo Jimenez no-hitting the Braves, but walked six and threw 128 pitches.  These no-hitters, despite the pitchers preventing any batters from getting any hits, certainly were nothing close to perfection.

Jered Weaver’s no-hitter line:  9.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 121 pit, 77 str.  2 base runners total.

So Jered Weaver was actually pretty damn close to throwing a perfecto.  But Chris Ianetta committed a passed ball, allowing Chris Parmelee to reach first base in the 2nd inning, and Josh Willingham’s walk after refusing to take his bat off his shoulders after getting to a 1-2 count were the only blemishes on the no-no.

If you think about it, Josh Willingham kind of saved Chris Ianetta from getting punched in the dick.  Imagine if Willingham hadn’t walked, and Jered Weaver finished the no-hitter with a line that featured no hits and no walks, but due to Parmelee reaching on a third strike passed ball, it still wouldn’t have counted as a perfect game.  Obviously Jered wouldn’t risk hurting his pitching hand hitting another man in the genitalia, but I hear his brother Jeff is out of work, or maybe Hank Conger would have given him some punishment for sloppy catching, and insisted on taking the starting catching role.

The funny thing is that whenever perfect games are turned into “plain” no-hitters, and no-hitters are broken, it’s so often times an unsuspecting culprit to ruins it.  Chris Parmelee is a young, 24-year old first baseman slash corner outfielder who brought a .220/.281/.322 batting line into Anaheim, but somehow ended up on first base once, as opposed to guys like Joe Mauer (.394 OBP) and Denard Span (.377 OBP), who couldn’t.  And to erase all doubt and ruin the pretty pitching line, Josh Willingham, despite playing a bit over his head so far this year, is on his fourth team already, had to go and draw a walk.

Chris Parmelee and Josh Willingham: the Perfect-o-busters