Saturday, July 31, 2010
Contenders adding relief
By ESPN Stats & Info
One major theme over the past 48 hours is that contenders were looking to beef up their bullpen when it came to the trade deadline. Joba Chamberlain's lack of success may have triggered the New York Yankees into a move to bolster the back end of their bullpen. However, the acquisition of Kerry Wood may not be the right move. Since Wood became a full-time reliever in 2007 and his key numbers are going in the wrong direction.
Meanwhile, the Braves acquired Kyle Farnsworth five years ago to the day in a trade with the Tigers and he pitched spectacularly for them as they won their last division title. Two of the players the Royals received in the Farnsworth/Ankiel trade, Tim Collins and Jesse Chavez, are becoming familiar with hotels. Collins was traded on July 14 from the Jays to Braves in the Yunel Escobar-Alex Gonzalez deal. Chavez was traded last November from the Pirates to Rays in exchange for Akinori Iwamura. He was traded again as the primary piece the Rays sent to the Braves in exchange for Rafael Soriano this past December.
If there's one thing new Dodgers RP Octavio Dotel can do, it's strike people out. In his 12 seasons in the Majors, Dotel has posted a K/9 mark of 10.0 or greater in 9 of those seasons, including every year since 2007. Only 11 relief pitchers in the game have posted a 10.0+ K/9, ERA under 3.80 and thrown at least 200 innings over that span. Of those 11, Dotel ranks 3rd in K/9.