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  1. I love baseball.

    Comment by I Agree Guy — June 20, 2012 @ 4:55 pm

  2. And the diminutive Tim Collins didn’t even get in the game.

    Comment by Wobatus — June 20, 2012 @ 5:31 pm

  3. A pitcher struck out the side, a lefty specialist got the out he was supposed to, and then a pitcher strikes out two batters, stranding a RISP, after allowing a hit and walking a batter.

    This is happens all the time.

    Comment by Sidearm knuckler — June 20, 2012 @ 5:33 pm

  4. Yesterday the Cubs bullpen provided 3 no hit innings

    Comment by Deece — June 20, 2012 @ 5:36 pm

  5. This does not warrant an article unless you’re going to actually give it a thoughtful write up. This is almost as lazy as the SB/CS article last week, except at least this isn’t passing itself off as conclusive data.

    Comment by Chummy Z — June 20, 2012 @ 5:41 pm

  6. I agree. You keep churning out a lot of high quality articles, but lately there have been quite a few stinkers.

    Comment by Crabby Tommy — June 20, 2012 @ 5:48 pm

  7. Have you guys thought about implementing a nice vbulletin style forum? I think a lot of people would register and it would provide a place for people to talk about games and specific players in threads. The forum now sucks.

    Comment by margaritaville park — June 20, 2012 @ 5:50 pm

  8. Please prove the assertion that you have made. You claim that there are often 7 consecutive recorded strikeouts by the bullpen. When was the last time that this even occurred?

    Comment by AJ — June 20, 2012 @ 5:53 pm

  9. There were 7 straight outs via the strikeout but it isn’t as if they retired them in order.

    Comment by Sidearm Knuckler — June 20, 2012 @ 5:56 pm

  10. Also take a look at the batters that K’d.

    Snyder 29% k rate
    Bogusevic 21%
    Altuve 13%
    Bixler 37%
    Lowrie 18%
    Johnson 25%

    Comment by Sidearm Knuckler — June 20, 2012 @ 5:59 pm

  11. Feel free to request your subscription refund at any time.

    Comment by twinsfan — June 20, 2012 @ 6:20 pm

  12. This just shows why closers are overrated and the save statistic is flawed.

    Comment by Slats — June 20, 2012 @ 6:47 pm

  13. Luck. If you don’t strike them out, could have just as easily been a base hit. This is sarcasm BTW.

    Comment by Antonio Bananas — June 20, 2012 @ 7:22 pm

  14. tell that to Freddi Gonzalez “bottom 9? Tie game? The heart of their order coming up? It’s not a save situation, so of course instead of using Kimbrel, I think I’ll bring in Durbin or Hernandez to give up the game”.

    Comment by Antonio Bananas — June 20, 2012 @ 7:24 pm

  15. While this article is only highlighting one game, it underscores the fact that the Royals have one of the best bullpens in all of baseball. Tim Collins, Kelvin Herrera, Jose Mijares, Greg Holland, Johnathan Broxton, etc. And they have done all this without Joakim Soria!

    Comment by Michael — June 20, 2012 @ 8:39 pm

  16. Ok, you put down your Pulitzer and write something positive about the royals.

    Comment by shthar — June 20, 2012 @ 8:41 pm

  17. He asked for evidence. Why are you saying other things

    Comment by NS — June 20, 2012 @ 9:55 pm


    not exactly the scenario you demanded, but here was a game where venters and kimbrel recorded six consecutive swinging strikeouts (with no walks, hits, or errors in between), and the opposing reliever, david hernandez, struck out the side, two of them swinging, in the intervening half of the ninth.

    Comment by midgley's folly — June 20, 2012 @ 10:46 pm

  19. The Kansas City Royals are better than the Chicago Cubs.

    Oh, is that really positive at this point?

    Comment by Keith — June 20, 2012 @ 10:59 pm

  20. There’s a forum?

    Comment by TFINY — June 20, 2012 @ 11:02 pm

  21. I have no problem with a quick article that points out something of interest without heavy anaylsis. The Royals have a young and exciting bullpen, and I imagine we’ll be hearing more about them in the future.

    Comment by baty — June 21, 2012 @ 1:17 am

  22. AstrLOLs…doesn’t count.

    But seriously, for those who think this is a stupid post, nobody is forcing you to read it. It was interesting and informative

    Comment by MSpitz — June 21, 2012 @ 2:49 am

  23. Agreed, not every post needs to be ground breaking research. The dude saw something interesting, something few other people saw (Astros vs. Royals???), and wrote about it.

    Comment by ilzilla — June 21, 2012 @ 9:29 am

  24. The real bummer about this series is that Tim Collins did not pitch at all, denying us the “awwww” moment of watching him pitch to Jose Altuve.

    Comment by ecp — June 21, 2012 @ 10:27 am

  25. Collins was practicing for his part in the Wizard of Oz remake:

    Comment by Jeff Zimmerman — June 21, 2012 @ 10:56 am

  26. When Aaron Crow is your 4th best middle reliever, you’re doing pretty well for yourself. I own both Collins and Herrera in ottoneu points and they are studly.

    Comment by hernandez17 — June 21, 2012 @ 11:56 am

  27. I have them both for a $1 apiece, as well ;)

    Comment by saucypony — June 21, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

  28. I’m all about the Tiny Tim references, as long as you’re aware he’s (not even arguably) one of the 10 best RP in the league at the moment.

    xFIP – 7th
    WAR – 10th
    K/9 – 10th

    If you limit it to relievers that have pitched at least 30 innings.
    xFIP – 2nd
    WAR – 7th
    K/9 – 4th

    The guy is really just flat out dominating right now.

    Comment by saucypony — June 21, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

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