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The runs scored - runs allowed chart is trending slightly upward. That could be an indicator of good things coming, but it's been almost flat for a while.
For the stats-minded among you let me concede up front that looking at any of these measures for just one game or even 15 games doesn’t tell you much. What needs to be noticed is the trend line, even if it’s just for the sample games, because we are looking at recent history.
And what do they say? Well, they pretty much say that by all three measures the starters have been doing OK, but the relief crew has not been doing well at all. FIP is heavily influenced by home runs and we’ve talked about that a lot. It shows. Still, these are not bad numbers. On the other hand, only winning six of those 15 games implies that they were not good enough.
All of these data are heavily influenced by the last awful road trip, but the whole point of these charts is to take a look at how the Bulls have been doing lately. And the answer is: not as well as they would like.