TigsStats: 2009 Relief Pitchers

How good was Rodney's 2009 season?

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.

Bobby Seay - Age: 31

IP

ERA

FIP

BAA

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

WHIP

GB/FB

LD%

XBH%

48.2

4.25

3.52

.253

6.8

3.1

0.6

1.30

0.62

0.16

0.07


Bobby Seay was yet again entrenched as the team's late inning lefty specialist, that is until injury concerns late in the season sidetracked him. Seay likely suffered a bit of bad luck, with an FIP almost a full run lower than his ERA. Seay still limits the home runs and extra base hits he gives up, and his line drive percentage remains lower. Assuming he's healthy, Seay remains a great option for the back end of the bullpen.


Brandon Lyon - Age: 29

IP

ERA

FIP

BAA

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

WHIP

GB/FB

LD%

XBH%

78.2

2.86

3.81

.205

6.5

3.5

0.8

1.11

0.91

0.18

0.07


Lyon emerged as a lights out setup man for the organization in 2009, but some of his peripherals indicate he might have been pitching a bit above his head. His FIP was a full run higher than his ERA, his average against was an uncharacteristically low .205, and his K:BB ratio was less than two. Lyon was still a very good pitcher for the Tigers, but expecting him to have a repeat of this season is unlikely.


Casey Fien - Age: 25

IP

ERA

FIP

BAA

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

WHIP

GB/FB

LD%

XBH%

11.1

7.94

5.49

.289

7.1

4.8

1.6

1.68

0.46

0.21

0.13


Casey Fien's limited appearances in Detroit weren't exactly a great debut, but Fien likely pitched better the numbers showed. Fien gave up a high number of extra base hits despite a respectable line drive rate. Fien did battle his control at times which likely resulted in some easier pitches to hit. The good news is that his FIP was a full two runs below his ERA, and at only 25 and given his minor league success, he still has time to get more opportunities.


Fernando Rodney - Age: 32

IP

ERA

FIP

BAA

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

WHIP

GB/FB

LD%

XBH%

75.2

4.40

4.50

.249

7.3

4.9

1.0

1.47

1.35

0.14

0.06


Rodney of course had a great season if measured by his save percentage, but otherwise a year highlighted by Rodney pitching well when it mattered, and pitching horribly when it didn't. Rodney will always battle control problems, but will also get plenty of strikeouts and will be susceptible to giving up runs because of the baserunners. He remains great at limiting home runs (and fly balls in general) and should be able to continue to be a reliable though not dominating closer.


Freddy Dolsi - Age: 26

IP

ERA

FIP

BAA

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

WHIP

GB/FB

LD%

XBH%

10.2

1.69

3.75

.310

2.5

3.4

0

1.59

1.50

0.20

0.09


Dolsi posted a great ERA for the club, but given his limited innings pitched, it's possible the sample size wasn't big enough to indicate how well he truly pitched. Dolsi walked more than he struck out but excelled because of his high ground ball rate. Dolsi will likely remain a possibility in the bullpen.


Fu-Te Ni - Age: 26

IP

ERA

FIP

BAA

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

WHIP

GB/FB

LD%

XBH%

31

2.61

4.06

.187

6.1

3.2

0.9

1.00

0.46

0.16

0.08


Despite not having overwhelming stuff, Ni was a pleasant surprise in the Tigers' bullpen, working very effectively as a left-handed middle reliever. His ERA was likely lower than it should be, and it's possible his batting average against was driven by a bit of luck. On the whole though he did a good job of keeping runners off the basepaths and limiting the hard hit balls off his bat. Ni could very well have a future as a second lefty reliever in the ‘pen.


Joel Zumaya - Age: 24

IP

ERA

FIP

BAA

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

WHIP

GB/FB

LD%

XBH%

31

4.94

5.29

.274

8.7

6.4

1.5

1.81

0.52

0.21

0.07


Yet again, Zumaya had a difficult season, mostly battling injury issues yet again for the club. Zumaya's problems remain his issues with his control, and to get the ball over the plate, it often times can become easy to tee off on, which explains his incredibly high home run rate. If Zumaya can harness his triple digit fastball, the sky is always the limit for him, but as he goes through year after year of injury and control problems, Zumaya will be limited in how effective he can be.


Ryan Perry - Age: 22

IP

ERA

FIP

BAA

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

WHIP

GB/FB

LD%

XBH%

61.2

3.79

4.37

.246

8.8

5.5

1.0

1.52

0.73

0.22

0.07


Perry had an inconsistent but for the most part successful debut season working in middle relief for the Tigers, especially considering the limited experience he had prior to 2009 pitching in the minors. Perry still battled his control which kept his K:BB ratio below two which is an area that will need to be improved, but so long as he remains difficult to get hits off of, he has the additional flexibility to allow a few more walks and still limit the baserunners. It's hard to say if Ryan can become a closer still, but given his repertoire the potential is there.


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