San Diego Padres Team Leaders – Relief Pitchers
Here’s the fun segment of the article. The San Diego Padres’ bullpen has shone thru the team’s first 43 games of the season. Unlike the team’s starting rotation, there hasn’t been a ton of turnover here.
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The team’s bullpen ranks fourth in the National League with a 3.26 earned-run average, has pitched the most innings in the league with 171.1 (kind of concerning).
They have the fourth-best WHIP in the NL with a 1.21 mark and lead the league in strikeouts with 184 (Brewers are second,182).
Phil Maton leads the bullpen with a 0.56 earned-run average. Trailing him, but not by much, is Kirby Yates (0.73), then Robbie Erlin (2.05), Craig Stammen (2.14), Brad Hand (2.61), and Adam Cimber (3.04) round out the rest of the regulars in the Friars’ ‘pen.
Kazuhisa Makita (7.94) has been up-and-down between Triple-A a couple of times due to his ineffectiveness, but he’s really the only demerit to this group.
Overall, the Padres’ bullpen has been tremendous to watch and a key part in most games the team has won as well as the games they’ve found themselves close in.
The FIP ratings of the same group of players are just as impressive. Cimber leads the way with a 1.37 FIP, then Erlin (1.60), Yates (2.17), Stammen (2.24), Maton (2.52), and Hand (3.09).
Honorable mention needs to go to Jordan Lyles who is now in the Padres’ starting rotation. In 19.2 innings pitched out of the bullpen, Lyles has a 3.66 ERA and 4.06 FIP, both extremely respectable marks that cannot go overlooked.