Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Starting Stumbles

Season: 19-14; Trip: 2-3
Wrap, Box, Buffalo News

Pitching, in just one awful inning, was enough. Then the Bisons brought on Todd Redmond. This will be the last time the Bulls see him this year. That’s a good thing.

Hard to find much to like in this game, so let’s at least mention the solid job that veteran (33) Jim Miller (stats) has been doing for the Bulls. He came in last night and pitched 2+ innings and kept the Bulls within reach. In 11 appearances so far he has pitched 19⅓ innings for an ERA of 2.79 (FIP of 2.68) and a decent WHIP of 1.19. He has not allowed any home runs and not one of the 4 runners he’s inherited has scored. He spent the last two years with the Yankees AAA team, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, but his numbers so far with the Bulls are much better than those years.

Jake Elmore, who had been up with the Rays, was back and playing 3B, 0-7 with on walk so far. Hanging out in St. Petersburg seems to mess with your game — a lot.

Pitching Update

Back on April 30 when we first looked at this chart things were on nice downward trend. That continued for several days, but recently the starting crew has had its problems.

These are the last 15 days of the cumulative ERAs of the starting and relief pitchers. As the season progresses you would expect to see less variability in the ups and downs, but this is a fairly obvious and worrisome trend. Note that the Bulls have had 21 different pitchers so far this year, ranging from Dylan Floro’s 40 innings to Jose Dominguez’s and Matt Andriese’ 2 each.

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