Detroit Tigers The Bullpen

zach bearContributor IMay 8, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 26:  Dane Sardinha #57 and Fernando Rodney #56 of the Detroit Tigers meet on the mound prior to the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals on April 26, 2009 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  Detroit won 3-2. (Photo by G. Newman Lowrance/Getty Images)

The bullpen the Tigers came in to the season with high hopes. At least this year its not 0-7. The Tigers need many things to still click, to be that World Series team again. In 2006 the Tigers had the nations best bullpen. They had Rodney and Zumaya and Jones. The faces of that year are still around. (With the exception of Jones)

So…as many of my articles said the Tigers bullpen would be there Achilles heel this year. I am so far, gladly mistaken. My analysis so far is that the Tigers bullpen has been great. The Tigers starters have gone deep in most games giving the bullpen a chance to rest! Who are these great Tigers pitchers?

First the hard thrower 22-year-old rookie Ryan Perry. He has done a lot for us already; he has pitched 10.1 innings walking 10. He has a 3.48 ERA. I give him a C+. He has serious control issues, however many batters like his up high fastball so he gets a little break.

Juan Rincon- he has had a shaky season, posting a 5.23 era. He has also pitched 10.1 innings. I don’t particularly like the guy so I am a little biased. He does have 10 strikeouts. So far he has only pitched in one winning game. I think that this will be very un-reliable pitcher at best. B- grade.

Fernando Rodney is my bullpen pitcher of the month. He has done amazing, going 7-for-7 in save opportunities. He hasn’t pitched in a lose all season. He does have a 5 ERA so that’s a little disturbing. I give him an A.

Zum Zum Zumaya is looking good for the begging of the season. He has a zero ERA in four appearances. He also has two K’s. An A effort. Look for good things this season, if he stays healthy.

Brandon Lyon has not been worth his $4 million. He has pitched 12.1 innings and given up seven earned runs. He has given up a grand slam and many unearned runs. He has lost two games already and only pitched in four winning games. He has no holds. I give him a D-.

Bobby Seay has been another great pitcher, my close second for best Tigers reliever. He has been on fire, eight holds. He has four strikeouts and really has done nothing short of amazing. A+ so far, he has done amazing.