Harper has passed almost every test put in front of him so far. I agree that I wouldn't trust him much but I also haven't seen him pitch himself out of the role. The Bullpen has been lights out (minus Hildy) the past couple of weeks. Until they prove themselves otherwise, the stats speak for themselves in that those four have been solid major league relievers. All four of them have ERA+ of above 200 (Duffey with a small sample size and Magill with 197) and ERA's in the low 2s.
8 of the 15 runners Harper has inherited have scored. That's 53.3%, and at one time it was 7 or 12!
So there is that test......... The teammates that got credit for those runs know that test. Early in the season, when Hildenberger was being praised (and a coulple of games he deserved praise), he had also given up 5 inherited runs, but his ERA was 0.00. Those stats speak for themselves, too, but are often disregarded, not included, or not even considered. That said, Harper is in the mix, and there are worse in the pen.
May has inherited 10, and stranded them all!
32 year old Austin Adams? Who?
I think that even if one thought a signing was good, if it becomes a failure, then regardless of expectation, the fact is it was a failure, for whatever reason. It can't still be a good signing just because you thought at the time it was. But that is a part of the budget, or should be at least, just like surprise repairs to a rental building. So don't stop tying to get free agent help. Get Kimbrel.
Edited by h2oface, 16 May 2019 - 03:36 PM.