Re: Jackie Bradley Will Make The Opening Day Roster
posted at 3/26/2013 1:58 PM EDT
In response to Hfxsoxnut's comment:
Our pen did a very good job last year.
In response to moonslav59's comment:
Our pen is better, but it did a fine job last year, even being over-worked. It might be hard to make a huge improvement over the very decent pen of 2012.
I disagree. Overall, the 2012 pen was not that good. Our middle relievers like Tazawa, Atchison et al were very good. But the back end of the pen was a disaster. We had the worst save % in the league. The 3 guys who were slotted as closers, Aceves, Melancon and Bailey, were all terrible. Only in low-leverage situations did the pen put up good numbers.
There is definitely significant room for improvement in the pen.
It was 10th in MLB by WAR, but pitched the 3rd most innings out of the top 13 WAR team pens. All this with the 14th worst BAbip at .291 (poor D behind them?) 12th best ERA (4th in AL).
Missing Papelbon and Bard, and Aceves thrust into an unfamiliar role aside, we still did pretty good.
It wasn't just Tazawa and Atchison.
Padilla did very well, until the end (3.94 in 1st half& 4.00 in July). Andrew Miller did a fantastic job, especially against LHBs. Morales (3.23). Hill (1.83). Albers (2.29). Breslow (2.70). Mortensen (3.21).
I certainly like our 2013 pen better, and some of these guys are back. I love the Uehara signing. Hanrahan is a plus. Bailey is back. Bard???
I like what I see, but we were good last year.