Who's the new Dave Bush (low-WHIP SP)?

Updated: June 16, 2011, 2:31 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
While enjoying Tuesday night's New York Yankees-Texas Rangers game in the Bronx with colleagues and friends, the name Dave Bush came up. Well, of course it did. He's a Rangers long man, and I mentioned him pretty much each time a Rangers relief pitcher was warming up, hoping to see my old pal brought into the game. I mean, who doesn't like the potential for more offense, even in a 12-4 rout? Bush eventually was brought into the game, much to my delight. There are no fantasy repercussions here, really, but it did bring to mind why some/many of us -- perhaps with me leading the way -- liked Bush from a fantasy aspect in the first place.

Once upon a time, before mop-up duty, Bush delivered a few WHIP-friendly seasons, and in general, that is a harbinger for improved ERA and other good stuff fantasy owners like. In 2006 for the Milwaukee Brewers, Bush fashioned a 1.13 WHIP -- a top-10 number among qualified starters -- but his ERA was an explosive 4.41. After a brutal 2007, Bush returned to relevance in 2008 with a 1.14 WHIP (and 4.18 ERA). After that things went poorly and never improved, and now he's hanging on to a big league job, and I and many others wonder what went wrong (untimely home runs, struggles versus lefties, etc.).