TigsStats: 2009 Swingmen

How did Nate look when he wasn't in Toledo?

The time has come for another year of TigsStats! We start off 2009 in review by first taking a look at the big league club and how they performed this past season.

Alfredo Figaro - Age: 24

IP

ERA

FIP

BAA

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

WHIP

GB/FB

LD%

XBH%

17

6.35

5.54

.324

8.5

5.3

1.6

1.94

.42

.30

.072


Figaro only got a few big league appearances, and had some strong stats and some not as strong starts, but given his limited innings, it's tough to tell too much from the stats. The 24-year old though likely pitched better than his six-plus ERA, even though he got hurt by the long ball. Figaro's strikeout numbers were strong as well, but his walk rate was still high, leading to a very high WHIP. Figaro will likely get more opportunities in 2010.


Eddie Bonine - Age: 28

IP

ERA

FIP

BAA

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

WHIP

GB/FB

LD%

XBH%

34.1

4.46

5.78

.308

5.0

3.1

1.8

1.52

1.36

.14

.097


Eddie Bonine came up big for the Tigers down the stretch in the rotation, but there was likely a bit of a luck involved as his FIP was more than a full point higher than his ERA. He limited his walks but he also wasn't a high strikeout pitcher leading to a lower K:BB ratio, while he gave up quite a few long balls. Bonine also very much limited the hard hit line balls off him so with fewer long balls, that ERA could drop even more.


Jeremy Bonderman - Age: 26

IP

ERA

FIP

BAA

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

WHIP

GB/FB

LD%

XBH%

10.1

8.71

9.87

.364

4.4

7.0

3.5

2.32

.46

.26

.113


Bonderman's comeback from surgery in June of 2008 clearly has taken longer than many anticipated, and his numbers show the struggles he had in '09. He was hit hard, he struggled with his control, he struck out far less than he walked, and all in all, it was a season to forget for Bondo.


Nate Robertson - Age: 31

IP

ERA

FIP

BAA

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

WHIP

GB/FB

LD%

XBH%

49.2

5.44

4.46

.295

6.3

5.1

.7

1.75

.70

.21

.051


It was an interesting season for Robertson who had his good days and his bad. In reality, you can make a good argument he pitched better than his numbers indicate, with an FIP a run lower than his ERA. Nate limited the home runs and hard hit balls off him, really only struggling with bouts of control issues that kept his walk rate high. Robertson may never again be the pitcher he was in 2006, but there is reason to hope he can have one more strong year for the Tigers.


Zach Miner - Age: 27

IP

ERA

FIP

BAA

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

WHIP

GB/FB

LD%

XBH%

92.1

4.29

4.89

.281

6.0

4.4

1.1

1.58

.88

.18

.066


Miner had his share of struggles throughout 2009 but ended up with a respectable ERA. Miner wasn't great with any of his peripheral stats, his walk rate was too high given his strikeouts and he still allowed too many baserunners. But Miner's constant role shuffling likely didn't pay him any favors. That being said, so long as Miner walks too many, doesn't strike out enough and allows a lot of baserunners, he'll continue to be only an average reliever for the Tigers.


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