Thursday, April 11, 2019

Behold, the Birth of a New Statistic!

Yes, here it is folks!  Much like the birth of a new star.

A new statistic is needed to fully convey the awfulness of the Yankees bullpen this year.

Now, going by conventional statistics, the pen this year is 1-4, with a 3.97 ERA, 2 saves and 3 blown saves.

Pretty bad, right?  Not nearly the Greatest Bullpen What Ever Was.  But still:  just run-of-the-mill, bad week in August in bad.

With my new statistic, though—Collective Bullpen W/L—you get to understand the FULL,unmitigated disaster that our 2019 Arson Squad really is.

With CollBull, your pen gets a "win" if it enters with your team tied or behind, and pitches it to a win—OR if you enter with a lead and preserve it.

Your pen get a collective loss not ONLY if it gives up the official losing runs, but also if it comes in with the other team in the lead, and gives up so many more runs that your comeback falls short.

For instance, in the Yanks' first loss to the Orioles, the pen came in with the Yanks losing, 2-1.  They gave up 3 runs—in a game the Yankees ended up losing, 5-3.  In their second loss to the O's, the pen came in with the Yanks trailing, 4-3, and gave up 3 runs in a 7-5 loss.

Officially, those are 2 losses for the starters, and the relievers don't even get a blown save.

In CollBull, that's 2 losses–for the pen.

ALSO—if the pen comes in, gives up a lead, but your hitters rally to win the game?  That's STILL a loss for the relievers.

For instance, last Saturday—which now seems about a century ago—the pen coughed up a 3-2 lead, but was bailed out by Clint's 3-run homer.

It's STILL a loss for the pen under CollBull.

So, how is the Arson Squad according to CollBull in 2019?

Well, with tonight's debacle, in failing to bail out Paxton the Ace, the CollBull W/L dropped to 1-8.

That's right, our pen has been so dreadful it has even more losses than the team does on the season.  The only legitimate save they had was in beating Detroit, 3-1.

Every other time, the pen has failed to do its job.

I have to go and patent this now.






7 comments:

Anonymous said...

ARSON SQUAD...

THAT SAYS IT PERFECTLY.

I AM GOING TO FLIP MY NEGATIVITY OUT OF NECESSITY.

I WILL SAY THIS.

WE GOT SWEPT, BUT WE COULD HAVE AND SHOULD HAVE EASILY WON 2 OUT OF 3 THIS SERIES.

WE PLAYED SO SLOPPY, MESSED UP ON THE BASES, MESSED UP IN THE FIELD, AND DIDN'T HIT IN THE CLUTCH.

WHEN YOU LOOK AT IT THAT WAY, THEN IT IS ACTUALLY AMAZING WE PLAYED EVERY GAME THAT CLOSE.

I DO GET THE FEELING IF WE ARE AT FULL STRENGTH LATER IN THE SEASON (EVEN WITHOUT SEVY), WE CAN AND WILL BEAT THEM.

....BUT WE MAY NEED TO WALK ALTUVE ALMOST EVERY TIME UP.

CAN WE PLEASE GET A BOOK ON THIS GUY?

JM said...

This new stat is brilliantly amazing. It fills a void that's been letting bullpens off the hook for being lousy since...well, forever. Really, I love this. Like every great idea, it's so simple, it's like it's been staring us in the face all this time but nobody ever put it into words before.

Hoss, you're a genius.

TheWinWarblist said...

I cannot count that high.

Anonymous said...

Hoss,

You >>>>>> Bill James.

Doug K.

ranger_lp said...

How do we know if CollBull is really CollBullshit?

Alphonso said...

Send your patent application to me, please. I have already "borrowed" your idea and put the word " notarized" upon it.

I am going to use it in my novel which explains why baseball is no longer watchable.

If you feel like revealing additional ideas, email them to me first for editing.

We'll share the profits of your brilliance.

80-20 seem fair?


HoraceClarke66 said...

Thanks, guys. And ranger, you have indeed uncovered by intent with this name.