Bullpens pitch 40% off all Major League innings and are often forgotten about by people when making lineup decisions. Here at elitefantasy, we’re committed to providing 100% analysis of pitching, not just the 60% you’ll find elsewhere!
The Angels bullpen has quietly pitched well this season. Over the last seven days, opponents are only batting .171. The unit also has the second highest strikeout percentage over this span and the best walk percentage. If there is a blemish, their fly ball percentage is 44.9 which is the third highest. This is something to keep an eye on.
The Cubs bullpen has now thrown 12 consecutive scoreless innings. Their shakeup over the weekend is working, but they did have to cover the final seven innings on Monday due to Jon Lester leaving the game with injury. They are off on Tuesday so they will have time to regroup.
The Royals bullpen is quickly becoming a unit to target. They have the worst WHIP over the last seven days at 2.22 and opponents are batting .329. They’re not missing bats either as their swinging strike percentage of 7.9 percent is ranked dead last. This goes beyond the last seven days as well as they rank 29th in swinging strike percentage this season.
The Braves have allowed the hardest contact percentage this season at 47.4 and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they have given up the second most home runs at 10. Opponents are batting .300 as well over the last seven days.