Imagine sitting with your mom or dad or grandpa at a baseball game. You’re sitting there keeping the score and stats while munching on your Cracker Jacks. It’s a beautiful summer day and you’re excited to watch a good, exciting game of baseball.
Think about watching a pitcher pitch five innings. In the first inning, two runners get on base. In the second, two more runners get on base. In the third, one runner gets gets a hit. In the fourth, two more runners reach base. And in the fifth, the pitcher only allows one runner to reach.
Would you consider that a good start? Would you call that pitcher a good pitcher? How about an average pitcher?
Think you’d ever consider giving that pitcher $5 million to pitch for you in a season? Would you anoint him the best pitcher in the bullpen by putting him into the highest leverage situations game after game?
You might not, but Buck Showalter would.
How do I know that?
Because he continues to do just that this season with Kevin Gregg.
After Gregg’s fantastic display of pitching Tuesday night, during which he blew yet another save against a division rival (completing the blown save against every team in the AL East contest), his WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched) now stands at 1.63.
He is allowing 1.63 baserunners to reach base every inning.
The closer. The Orioles relief ace, signed to be “the man” in the bullpen, is giving up 1.63 baserunners an inning.