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A Response to That Last Post by 27yankees
September 28, 2007, 8:55 pm
Filed under: Arizona Diamondbacks, Baseball Statistics

Hey, TwentySeven here. I’d just like to respond to Red’s last post.

The Diamondbacks actually haven’t been as lucky as it seems, to be honest. Part of the reason why their run-differential is so  bad is actually because their bullpen is so polarizing. I don’t have a link to put up, but I know someone at The Hardball Times did an article about this very topic and showed that when the Diamondbacks start losing, they put in their worst relievers, who are ridiculously bad, but when they are winning, they put in their elite relievers (i.e. Jose Valverde & co.) and they don’t give up a lot of runs. It hurts their run differential. They are a good team.

Besides of which, just because they are theoretically a bad team, it doesn’tmean that they couldn’t take it all. A bad run differential might mean that you could expect a seasonal regression, but certainly not a regression over a few playoff games.

TwentySeven

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