Bullpen Blueprint

Why Back to Back?

Recent news funneling from Flushing and Port St. Lucie is that both Billy Wagner and J.J. Putz are on the mend and could be back in big league uniforms within the next few weeks. Wagner is ahead of Putz, as he is throwing in actual games. Minor league games in Florida, but games nonetheless. Meanwhile, […]

Bullpen Blueprint, Mets Injuries, Pitching Staff

No Rest for Pedro Feliciano

According to the data gathered in the Bullpen Blueprint, a total of 24 pitchers on pennant-contending teams pitched on zero rest (back to back days) 17 times or more last year. The pitcher who threw on back-to-back days most often in 2008 was Pedro Feliciano — he did it 34 times. The next-most appearances on […]

Bullpen Blueprint, Pitching Staff

Burning the K-Rod at Both Ends

Francisco Rodriguez pitched two innings in last night’s loss, but Mets manager Jerry Manuel assured reporters after the game that his high-priced closer would be “ready to go” in the series finale tonight. After all, he’d thrown “less than 30 pitches”. Apparently, had Rodriguez thrown 30 or more, he’d have received a day off. I’d […]

Bullpen Blueprint, Pitching Staff

Is the Bullpen Overused?

A recent article on the SNY website suggests that the Mets could already be burning out their bullpen. A novel thought … and something I suggested on several occasions last year. Is it possible that the Mets’ bullpen woes last year were not solely due to the personnel, as every pundit other than yours truly […]

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The Darren O’Day Era is Probably Over

Rotoworld is reporting that the Mets have designated reliever Darren O’Day for assignment. O’Day – a Rule 5 pick – will be placed on Rule 5 waivers. If he clears waivers, he will be offered back to the Angels. O’Day’s departure will make room for Nelson Figueroa, who will start in place of Mike Pelfrey […]

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Aaron Heilman: Most Abused Pitcher in Baseball?

Was Aaron Heilman the most abused pitcher in baseball in 2008? Look at the numbers and judge for yourself. His 1486 pitches thrown were tied for the second-most in MLB among “pure” relievers — pitchers who did not make any starts. (Carlos Marmol led all relievers in pitches with 1505 – but we’ll get to […]

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Bullpen Blueprint – Teasers Coming

Last week I began researching an article about the management (and mismanagement) of big league bullpens in 2008. However, what began as an article turned into a treatise — the document is currently over 20 pages long (and growing) and certainly too hefty for a blog post. Eventually, it will be available as a PDF […]

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