By Marc Lawrence, PlaybookSports.com — A strong bullpen is crucial for any Major League Baseball (MLB) team to succeed, insists Playbook Expert Jeff Hochman.
The bullpen can make or break a game. It’s not just about having a few good relievers, but also about having depth and versatility in the bullpen.
One of the most commonly used stats is save percentage, which measures how often a team’s closer successfully converts save opportunities.
Another key stat is earned run average (ERA), which calculates the average number of runs allowed per nine innings pitched by a team’s bullpen.
Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating metrics in baseball.
The top 8 bullpens in ERA, as of June 25th, 2023, are the Yankees with an impressive ERA of 2.92, followed closely by the Guardians with a solid 3.04. The Padres round out the top three with a respectable ERA of 3.35.