The Bullpen’s Winners and Losers
Winner: Justin Wilson
Unfortunately, the Detroit Tigers have had more bullpen issues in 2017.
However, Justin Wilson has thrived for Detroit.
The left-hander began the year as Rodriguez’ setup man, but has stepped into the closer’s role with the veteran struggling.
Over the course of 16 appearances, Wilson owns some miniscule run-prevention numbers, with a 1.23 ERA, a 1.59 FIP and a 2.06 xFIP.
He’s also posted an excellent 43.4 strikeout percentage, 14.11 punch outs per nine innings and a 0.5 WAR. In fact, only Michael Fulmer and Justin Verlander have higher WAR stats on the entire pitching staff.
Loser: Francisco Rodriguez
While Justin Wilson has thrived, Francisco Rodriguez simply hasn’t.
The veteran closer does have seven saves in 14 appearances, but has also allowed hitters to reach base and score at an incredibly high rate.
In his 12.2 frames of work, Rodriguez has been tagged for 19 hits, 12 runs, five walks and four home runs.
So far in 2017, the pitcher has four losses on his record. That was the same number he had all of last season.
In fact, Rodriguez has only lost more than three games in a season in his career six times.