ERA is a terrible statistic for relievers. It just isn’t a fair representation of their effectiveness/ineffectiveness. I pay attention to WHIP, K/BB and try to keep an eye on how they fare with inherited runners on base.
MASNSports.com’s Roch Kubtako revealed a stat more depressing to Orioles fans than the news of N’SYNC not reuniting at the VMAs to girls in the early 20s. T.J. McFarland has allowed inherited runners to score at the highest rate (13-of-25, 56.5 percent) among 91 relievers with at least 20 inherited runners.
McFarland has allowed inherited runners to score at highest rate (13-of-23, 56.5%) among 91 MLB relievers with at least 20 inherited runners
— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) August 21, 2013
In other words, among those that qualify, McFarland allows men on to score more than any other bullpen arm.
Come back 2012 Orioles bullpen. We miss you.