SnakeLines, Week 12: Bullpen ERA

Bell dodges another blown save bullet, Matrix-style. - Norm Hall

Week 11's line, of total Diamondbacks wins, sure went South with a vengeance. Let's review how that worked out, and discuss the upcoming schedule in terms of bullpen performance.

Week 11 review

Date Opp Rslt PA AB R H HR RBI BB SO SB CS LOB
Jun 14 @ SDP L,1-2 31 29 1 2 0 1 1 3 0 0 3
Jun 15 @ SDP L,4-6 38 34 4 7 1 4 4 6 0 0 7
Jun 16 @ SDP L,1-4 32 31 1 8 0 1 0 1 1 1 4
Jun 17 MIA L,2-3 38 34 2 7 1 2 4 9 1 0 9
Jun 18 MIA W,3-2 30 28 3 5 2 3 1 4 0 0 3
Jun 19 MIA W,3-1 29 27 3 4 1 3 2 4 0 1 2

It's sad that I could have written this week's piece up before sitting down to dinner on Sunday night. Such was the comprehensive nature of the disappointing series in San Diego, with the Padres sweeping the D-backs. That ensured this line was dead in the water before the weekend ended, or the series against the Marlins have even started. There's no debate over where the problem was, as the offense averaged 2.3 runs per game, with a line for the week from Arizona hitters of .180/.230/.295, an.525 OPS. Frankly, it was something of a miracle we even reach two wins, coming from behind to take the set vs. Florida - courtesy of Cody Ross and Josh Collmenter.

A lot of people were lured in by the potential two points to be had for a push, if we'd reached exactly four wins. A lot of people lost. Indeed, looks like two of the three who actually did get it right, going for under, did so out of a sense of reverse psychology, and were hoping to be wrong. Hey, at least you got a point out of it - and, for two of them, it was their first point of the season!

  • Winners (3): AzRattler, imstillhungry95 and Xipooo
  • Sinners (16): AJV19, azshadowwalker, BigLeagueAZ, blank_38, Craig from Az, eel, frienetic, GuruB, Marc Fournier, piratedan7, preston.salisbury, rd33, SenSurround, TimInTucson, TolkienBard and walleye01.

Standings

  • 8 points
    blank_38
  • 6 points
    grimmy01
  • 5 points
    AJV19
    SenSurround
    TolkienBard
  • 4 points
    AzRattler
    Craig from Az
    frienetic
    Gildo
    JoelPre
    Marc Fournier
    piratedan7
  • 3 points
    GuruB
    rd33
    walleye01
  • 2 points
    azshadowwalker
    BigLeagueAZ
    eel
    Maizefed
    Songbird
  • 1 point
    Angry_Saguaro
    azcougs
    AzDbackfanInDc
    AZfan85308
    backtocali
    benhat
    BobRob12
    BrokeNBattleX
    imstillhungry95
    navyazfan
    Shawnwck
    TimInTucson
    Xipooo
  • 0 points
    azsportsfan31
    BattleMoses
    Daniel Corbin Jr.
    Diamondhacks
    hotclaws
    leemellon
    LiamNeeson
    littleRoom
    Muu
    preston.salisbury
    since_98
    Surksquatch

Week 12 line

The Diamondbacks have now gone 13 consecutive games without a starting pitcher getting a W. The last one was more than two weeks ago, on June 5, when Wade Miley came out on top. Since then, the victories have gone to David Hernandez (twice), Tony Sipp, Josh Collmenter and Brad Ziegler. It's really more a curiosity than anything else: when the team has won, they've generally done so late - and in those games, the starting pitching has done their part to keep the D-backs in the game. Corbin's start against the Giants at Chase, where we won on Goldie's home-run, would be a great example.

But the bullpen has had its moments of weakness too - Hernandez had taken two losses as well, and there was also Bell's defeat in the opener against Miami. Even if they are even more useless as a metric of reliever performance, than they are for, it's still kinda weird that we're almost half-way through the season, and David has more wins to his name than Ian Kennedy or Trevor Cahill. Indeed, Patrick Corbin is the only starter with more. But we come not to discuss bullpen wins, but bullpen ERA. Six games in the upcoming week: first, three at home against the Reds, then it's off to the East, starting with three on the road in Washington. Numbers? Here you go.

Split W L W-L% ERA SV IP H R ER HR BB SO HBP WHIP SO/9 SO/BB
April/Mar 8 4 .667 2.67 8 87.2 74 26 26 11 27 87 1 1.152 8.9 3.22
May 3 3 .500 3.82 9 66.0 70 30 28 4 21 69 2 1.379 9.4 3.29
June 6 3 .667 2.73 4 62.2 47 19 19 9 21 52 4 1.085 7.5 2.48

Bullpen ERA: 3.25

Usual rules. Will the team be over or under? Tell us in the comments, by first pitch Friday at Chase Field (6:40pm). Get it right, and get a point - results next week!

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