Most Important Relievers

28 02 2008

The Sports Bubbler continued today with its bullpen preview.  They present their case that says Derrick Turnbow and Brian Shouse are the most important relievers this year.

I agree with their sentiment that Derrick is criticized way too much, as he did convert 87% of his leads last year.  It just so happens that when he’s off, many runs are about to cross the plate.  Brian Shouse, on the other hand, impressed me a lot last year.  I had been critical of him at times the previous season, but that changed last season.  How can you be critical of a guy who only allowed 24.6% of his inherited runners to cross the plate?  Not to mention converting 88% of his leads.

While they are important cogs in the machine, Turnbow and Shouse are not the most important pieces of the ‘pen.  They are known quantities.  Pitchers like Eric Gagne and Guillermo Mota could be huge for the Crew this year if they can bounce back after rough second halves of the season.  The unknown pitchers are the ones that are the most important in my eyes because I have no idea what to expect from them.  They have to pan out for the bullpen to be good this year.

Update on the Oakland game:

Brewers are winning 3-0 in the bottom of the 1st.

Normally I would not update you during the game because you can do that yourself, but I could not contain my excitement.  It is the first inning of the first Spring Training game and Ryan Braun already has a 2-run home run off of Joe Blanton.  Prince blasted an RBI-double just before Braun’s homer that scored Mike Cameron, who got a base hit in his first Brewers appearance.

In case you didn’t know, Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun are beasts.




One response

28 02 2008

This is a sign of things to come over the whole year. Go Crew!!!

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