Taking a Look at the Royal Bullpen - Doing OK in Tough Circumstances

Despite being burdened with the second highest innings total in the American League (yay horrible starters!), the Royal bullpen has held her ground this season, fighting to middle of the pack status in the American League.

AL Rank
IP 434 2nd
ERA 3.67 7th
OPS .710 8th
K/9 7.83 6th
K/BB 1.86 9th

 

Royal bullpens have typically been mediocre during the Dayton Moore Era, and I mean that in a positive sense. During the true bad old days of the early to mid 2000s, Royal 'pens were routinely very very bad. As you can see above and below, while the Royal relievers can get a strikeout, they can also issue a walk, which is becoming a lingering problem for many of our young arms.

Here are the individual totals:

 

Rk Pos Age W L ERA G ▾ IP H HR BB IBB SO ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
1 RP Blake Wood 25 5 1 3.43 47 57.2 50 5 25 5 52 116 1.301 7.8 0.8 3.9 8.1 2.08
2 RP Tim Collins* 21 4 4 3.47 59 57.0 45 4 43 2 47 115 1.544 7.1 0.6 6.8 7.4 1.09
3 RP Aaron Crow 24 3 3 2.38 50 56.2 45 6 29 2 58 168 1.306 7.1 1.0 4.6 9.2 2.00
4 CL Joakim Soria 27 5 5 4.39 55 55.1 58 7 16 0 52 91 1.337 9.4 1.1 2.6 8.5 3.25
5 RP Louis Coleman 25 1 4 2.75 42 52.1 37 7 22 6 53 145 1.127 6.4 1.2 3.8 9.1 2.41
6 Nathan Adcock 23 1 1 4.56 21 49.1 51 5 24 3 28 88 1.520 9.3 0.9 4.4 5.1 1.17
7 Greg Holland 25 3 1 1.82 36 49.1 30 3 15 1 59 219 0.912 5.5 0.5 2.7 10.8 3.93
8 Everett Teaford* 27 0 0 4.03 21 22.1 22 5 8 0 13 100 1.343 8.9 2.0 3.2 5.2 1.63
9 Jeremy Jeffress 23 1 1 4.70 14 15.1 12 1 11 0 13 87 1.500 7.0 0.6 6.5 7.6 1.18
10 Rob Tejeda 29 0 1 6.14 9 7.1 12 2 3 0 2 68 2.045 14.7 2.5 3.7 2.5 0.67
11 Kanekoa Texeira 25 0 0 2.84 6 6.1 13 0 3 1 0 148 2.526 18.5 0.0 4.3 0.0 0.00
12 Mitch Maier 29 0 0 0.00 1 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1.000 9.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
13 Jesse Chavez 27 0 0 18.00 1 1.0 3 0 1 0 0 31 4.000 27.0 0.0 9.0 0.0 0.00
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/31/2011.

 

Yost's bullpen management doesn't always look great during individual games, but from 30,000 feet, the season stats suggest he's done a decent job. Collins has pitched entirely too much, but overall, the best guys have been the ones pitching the most. Like many statheads, I'd like to see the Royals go with a smaller bullpen and a larger bench, but that is a fight for another day. The other trend you can see above is that although Yost initially showed some willingness to use his relievers for more than a mere inning, as the season has worn on that tendency has diminished.

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