How Is The Pen Used
Monday, July 05 2021 @ 10:18 PM EDT
Contributed by: John Northey
The pen has been used a lot this year and has a lot of guys in it. 9 at all times it seems. The 1983 team which many compare this team to (young, on edge of greatness but nightmare pen) had a total of 11 relievers all year. Times have changed a lot.
The pen is interesting...25 guys used so far.
Pretty clear certain guys get more chances.
9 guys with 1-3 chances: Saucedo
, and a lot of 'meh' guys.
>3 outs (ie: like the olden days)
0 days rest
Pitches per game in relief...
the only one still in the pen with over 30 pitches per game in relief, other actives over 20 are Thornton
is the lowest at 11 pitches per game, Mayza
2nd lowest at 13.
So basically we can see that some guys are used only in certain situations. Mayza
to deal with guys on but only gets a couple of outs then gets to rest until the next day. The manager likes to learn about a guy before trusting him with a lead (Cimber
now for example, but I expect that to change quickly). Kay is clearly the long man, with Thornton
being a long one too (nice L/R combo) with both being low leverage guys. Payamps
was a longish guy but is back to the minors.
Last 14 days usage...
: 6 times, 8 to 21 pitches, has had 2 days off so is rested
: 6 times, 2 days off his maximum. Worried a bit about burnout.
: 6 times, 3 days in a row at one point, Montoyo's favorite new toy.
: 6 times, twice with no rest, 7 to 25 pitches each time.
: 4 times, just 1 or 2 days between games, so due to pitch tomorrow after 4 days off.
CastroDolis: used yesterday. Ugh. But his first ML game in awhile so I guess rust was to be expected
: 3 times, 15 or 16 pitches each time
KayThornton: 2 times, again might as well be a starter.
: might as well be a starter with just 2 games the past 14 days, 5 days off.
Looking at that 14 day usage I'd say going to 8 with one of Thornton
sent to AAA to start might be a good idea as do you really need 2 long men when the starting 5 are all going strong? Mayza
are the current trusted core with Barnes
getting lots of chances and Dolis
now about to get lots of chances. Maybe Dolis
will get a sore neck too ala Chatwood
So who does Borucki
replace when healthy? Who gets dumped when a trade happens? Those are the next questions. It is up to the main 7 to answer that - if they all pitch well it becomes a tough question, but any who suck will make it easier. I hope it is a hard choice. Same with what to do when Chatwood
's neck is feeling better (and he has a rehab stint where you see if he can find the strike zone). I suspect one of the long men, Saucedo
, and Castro
are the guys on the short list to be sent down. Whoever is doing the worst goes first.
Current Pen Options Left: 0: Dolis
, rest have 2 or 3. One used this year already: Kay
- so no hesitation on sending any of those 3 to the minors as the option is already active. Borucki
has an option left, as does Merryweather
so both can be demoted once healthy if needed.
So if anyone is demoted, who do you call up? Assuming you are trying to cut the pen back - the current bench is Espinal
and whoever isn't catching. So I'd think Kirk
are the only real options. Both good pinch hitters but are limited to DH/CA or DH/1B respectively. They'd be used to hit for Davis
if they started a game, but if they started then whoever they filled in for would then be needed to go into the field so not much point in Tellez
on the bench. Especially given how poorly Tellez
has hit this year (although over 1000 OPS in AAA over 55 PA). Really, as set right now there isn't much point in going down to an 8 man pen and having a 4th on the bench. Weird as that may seem. A 4th bench guy would just be sitting around cheerleading 90% of the time which isn't good for development or having them ready in case of an injury.
My bet is a 9 man pen until a trade happens that involves an everyday player (an outfielder most likely) thus freeing up DH for Kirk
. When rosters expand a tiny bit in September (to 28) they might both get called up - 3rd catcher and a DH. But I really have trouble seeing a significant role for Tellez