Bullpens are notoriously inconsistent. The Yankees got tremendous work out of theirs through most of the first half of the season, but more recently the bullpen has had its share of rough nights. The bullpen’s second half slide, though, is not universal. It hasn’t hit each reliever equally.
Here are the first- and second-half numbers for the five relievers who have more or less become bullpen mainstays this season.
First half: 24.2 IP, 40 K, 12 BB, 1.26 WHIP, 2.55 ERA
Second half: 16.2 IP, 16 K, 5 BB, 1.08 WHIP, 2.16 ERA
First half: 31 IP, 41 K, 14 BB, 1.35 WHIP, 3.77 ERA
Second half: 11 IP, 12 K, 6 BB, 1.27 WHIP, 4.91 ERA
First half: 23.1 IP, 14 K, 11 BB, 1.33 WHIP, 2.70 ERA
Second half: 11 IP, 9 K, 3 BB, 1.91 WHIP, 4.91 ERA
First half: 24.2 IP, 23 K, 14 BB, 1.14 WHIP, 2.55 ERA
Second half: 8.2 IP, 7 K, 1 BB, 1.38 WHIP, 4.15 ERA
David Phelps has played the same long relief/spot start role in each half of the season, with better results since the All-Star break. He’s in the rotation for the time being, meaning the other two relievers in the current Yankees bullpen are Derek Lowe (1.36 WHIP, 2.45 ERA) and Joba Chamberlain (2.85 WHIP, 9.45 ERA) who are essentially filling the roles of Freddy Garcia (0.87 WHIP, 1.56 ERA as a reliever) and Cory Wade (1.50 WHIP, 6.48 ERA).
Question is, do the Yankees need to make a change to get their bullpen back on track, or will some of the struggling pieces revert back to their first-half numbers? If they need a change, what’s the answer?
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