2) Even The Garbage Men In The KC Royals Bullpen Are Good
When teams go deep into games like the Royals and Tigers did Sunday night, you really see the depth of both bullpens. Of course, the KC Royals have an almost unfair advantage over any team in baseball in such a situation, because not only are their top bullpen arms dominant, their depth is unmatched in major-league baseball.
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So it felt like only a matter of time when the game got to guys like Peter Moylan and Chien-Ming Wang for the Kansas City Royals and Carlos Rodon and Kyle Ryan for the Tigers. Even though spoiled KC Royals fans cringe when guys like Moylan and Wang get into the game, both sport quite respectable 3.00 ERAs. That’s better than a lot of team’s primary set-up. For Kansas City, they’re mop up guys.
Of course, it gets harder for teams to score runs deep into extra innings since the hitters get mentally worn down. Nine innings day after day is enough of a grind. Add another hour on top of that, and a lot of minds turn to mush.
That’s not a good thing when you’re trying to hit a fastball travelling faster than 90 mph.
Wang, in fact, has a perfect 4-0 record, largely because he usually gets in games that are so out of hand that he’ll doesn’t have many chances to get tabbed with a loss. He pretty much only has a chance for upside (wins), and with the KC Royals comeback tendencies, he could finish the season with double digit wins.
Of course, that’s much less impressive in an era that discounts pitcher wins as a stat.
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