Yeah, yeah, I know, dead horse. But for everyone who was asking, here are the numbers for our five top relievers, for both this year and last year.
Format is (Player) -- (# of IS)/(# of IR): (IS%)
Cruz --7/27: 25.9%
Lyon -- 6/21: 28.6%
Peña -- 10/38: 26.3%
Qualls -- 8/31: 25.8%
Slaten -- 12/36: 33.3%
Cruz --5/16: 31.3%
Lyon --2/3: 66.7%
Peña --1/5: 20.0%
Qualls --8/16: 50.0%
Slaten -- 2/8: 25.0%
The figures for Qualls and Peña include the two runners that each inherited in tonight's game. Obviously, the normal small sample size caveats apply, especially to Lyon's whopping 2/3 IS/IR. A look at 2007's numbers shows that Chad Qualls was actually the BEST out of these five, albeit with a completely different defense behind him.
I don't think Qualls can continue to be THIS bad; I'd expect him to progress back towards the mean, just as Tony P and Slaten will regress slightly. Still, Qualls is NOT good with guys on right now, and I think giving him a vacation from inherited runners for awhile might help whatever's ailing him -- be it confidence, distractions, etc. I also think the fact that Qualls throws more sinkers may have something to do with it -- Chad has uncorked four wild pitches in 36.1 innings. Of the others, only Peña and Cruz have a WP (one each) -- in 35 and 27.2 IP, respectively.
I'm sure there are plenty of other explanations for these numbers, and I'm sure there's plenty I've left out, but.... as anyone who read tonight's GameDay Thread noticed, (*ahem*) I feel EXTREMELY uncomfortable with Melvin bringing in Qualls with runners on base.
Am I right? Am I wrong? Either way, this is not even close to being a detailed study. Anyone else notice any trends or wanna point out any other relevant stats? Discuss.