The Royals bullpen is consistent ...


After tonight’s loss against the Blue Jays the Royals bullpen has racked up 37.2 innings of work over 13 games.  They have allowed an earned run in 10 of those 13 games, but it gets better.  By better I mean worse, more depressing, frustrating, infuriating, and capable of instilling a sense of dread and hopelessness in Royals fans everywhere.

37.2 innings pitched

49 hits allowed

33 earned runs

30 walks

34 strike outs

7 home runs served up

Want to look at those numbers in a different way?

7.88 ERA

11.7 H/9

7.17 BB/9

8.12 SO/9

1.13 SO/BB

1.69 HR/9

This one is my absolute favorite …

2.10 WHIP

Those numbers are absolutely stunning.  When a Royals reliever jogs in from the bullpen you can expect them to allow over two baserunners every inning.  If the Kansas City pen is involved there is a 77% chance that the opposing team is going to score more runs.

Just freaking awesome.

There are two positives to take from this.  First, they are consistent if nothing else.  Second, they cannot possibly be this bad the rest of the season.  I realize I am tempting fate here, but even as a Royals fan who should know better I’ll stroll out on that limb anyway.  There is no earthly way the bullpen can maintain this pace.  Not going to happen.  Not possible.  Inconceivable.

(Wally Fish is the lead writer for Kings of Kauffman, Call to the Pen and is also FanSided’s MLB Director.  You can keep up to date with all of his work by following him on FacebookTwitter or by way of the Kings of Kauffman RSS feed.)

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  • geo

    About your thinking there is no way the bullpen can possibly be as bad the rest of the year…well, I went into this season thinking there was absolutely no way the bullpen could be as bad as LAST year. Clearly I was wrong. And that’s just depressing.

    Next casualty: Luis Mendoza. Why is he even still around?

  • nogdode

    wow, that’s all i can really say. is carlos rosa struggling down at the farm?

    • Wally Fish

      Carlos Rosa has pitched 7 innings this year in Omaha. He’s 1-0 and has allowed 4 hits (opposing batters are hitting just 0.182 off of him) and has yet to allow a run, earned or otherwise. The only concern on Rosa right now is that he has walked 4 guys to go with his 5 strikeouts.

      He should be pitching out of the major league bullpen and should have made the opening day roster. Clearly Kila and Carlos did something together to Dayton and/or Trey because they are getting similar treatment by this organization.

  • Wally Fish

    Geo,
    your comment literally made me laugh out loud. You are absolutely right in your assessment, but I am certain they’ve hit rock bottom. Only two people in this world know why Mendoza is still around and I don’t know if Dayton and Trey are ever going to tell us.