Bullpens pitch 40% of 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!
FanGraphs relievers stats over the last seven days:
Don’t look now, but the Orioles bullpen has the best ERA in baseball over the last seven days. We have picked on this unit with great success this season, but should that change? The indicators suggest they are pitching better and it’s not fully smoke and mirrors.
They are allowing a hard hit percentage of 23.1 percent which is the second best during this span and their ground ball percentage of 59.6 percent is the best over the last seven days. The pitching staff as a whole was allowing home runs at a record pace, but the bullpen has not surrendered a long ball during this span. I’m not fully buying it that they are now great, but it’s enough for us to take a step back and not aggressively target them like we have.
The Angels bullpen has allowed 12 home runs over the last seven days along with an opponents batting average of .303. They have a low swinging strike percentage of 10.7 percent during this span as well.
The Tigers bullpen has allowed seven home runs over the last seven days with a hard hit percentage of 45.6 percent. They aren’t missing any bats with a swinging strike percentage of 9.9 percent which has led opponents to hit .271 over this span.