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I’ve always thought that relievers had the easiest job in baseball, if a bit boring. How hard could it be to show up every day, maybe play a little catch, and hang out with the guys chewing sunflower seeds out in the bullpen? Probably not a good thing to be sitting in the bullpen with your iPod plugged in and your head bobbing, or working out your thumbs on Twitter, but otherwise, not a bad job. Every 3 or 4 days you warm up, take a look at the situation (or get told about it by your catcher), and stroll/trot out to the mound and do your thing.
On the road sometimes it’s even easier, since the home team doesn’t even come to bat in the 9th when they’re ahead.
Until you trek up to Ohio and in the first six games three of them go into extra innings (13, 15, and 13). Then you have to go to work.
In the last six games:
- Jason Childers: 3 appearances, 18 batters faced, 5 innings
- Julio DePaula: 3 appearances, 24 batters faced, 6 innings, 1 win, 1 save
- Dale Thayer: 3 appearances, 21 batters faced, 5 innings, 1 save, 2 blown saves
- Joe Bateman: 3 appearances, 28 batters faced, 7 innings, 1 win
- Calvin Medlock: 2 appearances, 14 batters faced, 4 innings
- Jorge Julio: 3 appearances, 21 batters faced, 5 ⅔ innings
- Chad Bradford: 2 appearances, 11 batters faced, 3 ⅓ innings, 1 win
- Dewon Day: 3 appearances, 18 batters faced, 3 innings, 1 loss
Some very complicated math reveals that the starters pitched 28 innings over the last six games and the relievers pitched 39. Which leads me to a picture of what might be going on in the locker room or out on the field prior to today’s game. Something like this.
Relievers to Starters: “Look guys, we’re getting tired and way, way behind on our tweets. Do you think you could last, oh say, 6+ innings or so?”
Starters to Relievers: “We’re doing our job. If you can’t hold them in check it ain’t our problem (OK, maybe Matt DeSalvo isn’t part of that conversation — in two games he’s only lasted a total of 6 ⅔ innings).”
Position players (especially the catchers) to all of them: “Just stop the bleeding guys. Justin can’t save the game every day. How about a full 9 innings of baseball and we go back to the hotel with another win?”
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