April In The Minnesota Twins Bullpen
Here are the overall success rates of the relievers in April:
Pitcher -- Yes-No (Success Rate)
Casey Fien -- 8-4 (66.7%)
Trevor May -- 7-5 (58.3%)
Fernando Abad -- 11-0 (100.0%)
Ryan Pressly -- 8-3 (72.7%)
Michael Tonkin -- 7-3 (70.0%)
Kevin Jepsen -- 5-5 (50.0%)
Ryan O’Rourke -- 5-2 (71.4%)
Glen Perkins - 0-2 (0.0%)
Taylor Rogers -- 1-0 (100.0%)
Alex Meyer -- 0-1 (0.0%)
So, in the season’s first month, Paul Molitor has gone to his bullpen 76 times. 52 of those times, or 68.4%, have been successful.
As I’ve acknowledged all along, this is subjective number based on my interpretation of what getting the job done is for a reliever. But it does give a good sense of where they are.
I’m certain it will be of no surprise to read that Kevin Jepsen has struggled, and since he’s been the closer, his non-successful outings have cost leads and in some cases games. Likewise, if you’ve watched, you’re likely not surprised to see that Fernando Abad has been perfect to this point.
In case you were wondering:
- Fernando Abad - 11 G, 10.1 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, 5 hits, 3 walks, 12 strikeouts.
- Tony Sipp - 11 G, 8.1 IP, 5.40 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, 10 hits, 3 walks, 9 strikeouts.
- Antonio Bastardo - 9 G, 10.1 IP, 2.61 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 9 hits, 3 walks, 16 strikeouts.
I won’t pretend know where these numbers will go, or if 68% success rate is good. What it does show is that four of the seven relievers used most often are within four percent of the average. Trevor May is about 10% below, and Kevin Jepsen is almost 20% below the average. Fernando Abad is 32% above the average. I would not be shocked if the average each month stays in the 67-75% range, and within each month, there will be a couple of outliers.
We shall find out. For good or ill.
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