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February 05, 2008

Bruney: Wild, But, Effective?

I’m not exactly sure how to phrase this one; but, here goes...

In the entire history of the Yankees – yes, all their seasons – there’s only been one man to pitch a season exclusively out of the Yankees bullpen and have a Runs Saved Above Average (RSAA) total of zero or better, while pitching at least 20 innings in a season, and also posting a BB/9IP mark that was at least “3” BELOW the league average. It’s Brian Bruney – who has done it twice for the Yankees. Stats via the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia:

RSAA >= 0
WALKS/9 IP <= -3 vs. the league average
GAMES STARTED = 0
INNINGS PITCHED displayed only--not a sorting criteria

RSAA                          YEAR     RSAA    BB/9 IP     GS       IP  
1    Brian Bruney             2006        8    -3.34        0     20.2  
2    Brian Bruney             2007        0    -3.34        0     50.0  

For some perspective, in the entire history of baseball, including Bruney (who has now done this three times), there have only been 77 times where a player has pitched a season exclusively out his team’s bullpen and had a RSAA mark of zero or better, while pitching at least 20 innings in a season, and also posting a BB/9IP mark that was at least “3” BELOW the league average.

Here’s the really fun part: In the entire history of baseball, there are only THREE men who have pitched three seasons exclusively out his team’s bullpen and had a RSAA mark of zero or better, while pitching at least 20 innings in a season, and also posting a BB/9IP mark that was at least “3” BELOW the league average:

Mark Clear: 1984, 1985, and 1988
Mitch Williams: 1986, 1991, and 1993
Brian Bruney: 2004, 2006, and 2007

I guess you can say these three were wild but effective.

Posted by WW Staff at February 5, 2008 01:09 PM

Comments

I think it was more along lines of Bruney being effective in April, then just wild the rest of the year.

Posted by: Mike A. [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 5, 2008 02:13 PM

I am shocked, SHOCKED, to see Mitch Williams on this list :)

An interesting study, no doubt... Guess in Bruney's case, the more he pitches, the better chance his wildness catches up to him?

That list shows that while effective, that's why JC Romero bounced around a bit.

Billy Koch? Whatever happened to him?

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 5, 2008 03:22 PM

I have to wonder how much of this is BB's attitude and an inability to be coached? Maybe Eiland can get through to him?

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 5, 2008 05:25 PM

Bruney is probably the most frustrating Yankee pitcher outside of Farnsworth. He has lots of talent that shows up in streaks and you start to think that he's the long lost heir to the Nelson/Stanton throne, and the next thing you know, he's walking home the winning run on back to back night.

With Farns, I've come to expect nothing, with Bruney I'm not totally there yet, I don't know what to do with the guy in my head, which probably means I should write him off totally.

Posted by: SteveB [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 6, 2008 12:41 AM