I decided to wander over to fangraphs and see where our bullpen ranks in the majors. And maybe its not as bad as we think.
First thing that shocked me. Our bullpen has thrown the 4th fewest innings in MLB so far this year.
2nd. If you look at our rankings, for the most part we are in the 10-20 range of most stats. Not top 10 but not bottom 10. And LSP would be very happy to hear we rank 12th in BB/9
But there is one glaring thing we rank 29th on... HR/9. The bullpen is giving up 1.8 Homers every 9 innings.
Kintzler has given up 6 runs via HRs (and one of his non HR runs was on that stupid play last night were Villar scored., Both of Coonrod's ERs have been HRs. 5 of the 6 ERs from JoJo have been from the HR, Brogdon has had one bad outing.. where he gave up 6ERs on 2 3 run HRs. Neris has given up 3ER. 2 from HRs, And last but not least... David Hale.. 5 of the 6 runs hes given up have been from HRs.
Sooo.. is there a way to change this with coaching? Is this partly a result of the 3 batter rule? Is this partly on Girardi? (Like Brogdons 2 3R HR outing)
So far the bullpen hasnt been giving up lots of walks, they are striking out a bunch, its the HRs..