Overall, these five players combined for 62% of the relief innings in 2010, but the damage done by other pitchers getting significant action was hard to overcome. Henry Rodriguez (4.55 ERA in 27 2/3 innings), Boof Bonser (5.09, 23), Tyson Ross (5.12, 31.2) and Chad Gaudin (8.83, 17.1) accounted for 23% of the relief innings last season, and when almost a quarter of your bullpen innings are that bad, it makes it hard for a team to stay in games when the offense isn’t playing well.
The Tigers get their first look at Chicago’s Gavin Floyd Monday. The 26-year-old righty went 3-0 in five starts against Detroit in 2008. Chicago went on to win each of those five contests.
Of course, no one else in the Biogenesis scandal was targeted for a year-long suspension. While Rodriguez seems to have saved what’s left of his 2013 season, the entire 2014 campaign and the start of 2015 is on the line. By that time, he will be 40 years old and likely have even less to offer than he does now.
CarGo’s teammate, Troy Tulowitzki, should also be in the running for MVP along with, obviously, Pujols. Tulowitzki had probably the best two-week offensive performance in major league baseball history in the first half of last September. For the month, Tulowitzki finished with an incredible 15 home runs and 40 RBIs.
Detroit’s offense is significantly more potent so far thus season, scoring 41 runs, second in the majors. Chicago has put up just 24 runs, but still remains only a half game back of the Tigers.
The starting pitching continued to be solid. The starters have had seven consecutive quality starts and have merited a paltry 1.37 ERA (including tonight). Edwin Jackson had his slider hitting the right spots striking out five through seven innings and allowing only five singles. Walks have been an issue with Jackson, but not tonight. Jackson would only allow one base runner via the walk. Torii Hunter grounded into his twelfth double play of the season in the sixth to end one of the only legitimate threats of the evening. sale jerseys and Will Ohman each pitched a scoreless inning to close out the night. Jackson moved to 3-4 on the year and Santana dropped to 1-4. John Danks will take the mound in search of his first win tomorrow against Joel Pineiro.
The promotion to Birmingham coincided with what appears to be some BABIP luck, as the soon-to-be 24-year-old Leesman’s opponent BABIP sat at .266 with the Barons. That BABIP-along with his 1 percent HR/fly ball rate-should be expected to regress in 2011, so unless he make some improvements as a pitcher, his results won’t be as good as they were in Birmingham. That being said, he’s one of the more intriguing pitchers of this group (given that he at least has a sliver of upside), so if the Sox were to take a chance with him for some April starts I’d personally be more interested than any of the other options.