In case you weren’t paying attention…
— Beau Gray (@beautown) June 30, 2013
During the last week of play, numerous bullpen woes have led Padres fans to question what has been, historically speaking, one of the more sound aspects of the organization. Huston Street is allowing too many HRs to continue being pedaled out there in save situations and the man who would appear to be his potential replacement, Luke Gregerson, blows every save opportunity that comes his way. Just last night, Gregerson blew a save opportunity for the 4th time, and Tommy Layne picked up the loss as the Padres fell in 13 innings to the Phillies. This is not the bullpen Padres fans have grown accustomed to in recent years.
Is it possible though, that the last week is not indicative of the true identity of the 2013 bullpen? In their haste to shout through the interwebs that, “Street, Gregerson, et al. SUCK!” fans forget that just a short while ago the Padres’ bullpen accomplished something it hadn’t done since 1998: Hold an opponent scoreless for 11+ innings in one game.
— FOX Sports San Diego (@FoxSportsSD) March 28, 2013
Today’s article is inspired by long-time Ducksnorts reader Robby Deming:
— Robby Deming (@robbydeming) March 24, 2013
Robby raises a good question, which I’ll attempt to answer in a moment. But first, how weak was last year’s Padres bullpen? Acknowledging that ERA is an imperfect representation of reliever performance, here’s how Padres bullpens have fared during the Petco Park era: Read More…