We all know what's up with Neftali:
16.1 IP, 5H, 1BB, 21K, 0.55 ERA... certified bad ass
Here's the problem: The guy is too good.
When Neftali pitches in a game, the follow-up Rangers pitchers are inferior. Period.
Rangers' pitchers who come into the game after Neftali is done dominating:
11.1 IP, 9ER, 5K, 7BB, 17H or 7.30 ERA, 4.05 K/9, 5.68 BB/9, 2.16 WHIP
Broken down to our normally dominate bullpen-ers:
- O'Day: The aberration: 4IP, 2.25 ERA, 2.25 K/9, 4.5 BB/9, 1.00 WHIP
- Grilli: Infiniti everything
- C.J.: 1 IP (3 appearances), 36.00 ERA, 9.00 K/9, 9.00 BB/9, 54.00 WHIP
- Franky: 3.2 IP, 5.625 ERA, 8.43 K/9, 2.81 BB/9, 1.875 WHIP
My attempted explanation for this phenomena (as our bullpen has dominated this year in games when Feliz hasn't pitched and games not in early April):
Neftali : Swinging with a donut :: Rest of the bullpen : Swinging without the donut
- Batters see the ball better with a new perspective on Franky's, "easy-to-hit" 95 mph fastball
- Batters have a renewed sense of confidence, "Oh thank God, now I only have to face Franky and C.J."
- Franky and C.J. develop an inferiority-complex and don't pitch with the same confidence as usual, another analogy, if I may: ...... Franky after watching Feliz pitch :: Me next to Ron Jeremy at the urinal