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BCB Community Report Card: Rotation Grade & Bullpen Vote

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Today we recap part 1 of the vote with what grade you gave to the starting rotation, and then move on to part 2 as we look at the bullpen.

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The Report Card

Position Average Grade
Rotation 2.14 C
Bullpen Vote Open Now
Catcher Vote on 10/10
Infield Vote on 10/11
Outfield Vote on 10/14
Bench Vote on 10/15
Coaching Vote on 10/16

The votes are in for the starting rotation, and the grade is a C. While the actual average hovered in the C+/C range, I put it at C since it was closer to that value. Note that the initial poll didn't allow for the +/- grades, so the result may be skewed because of that. It was added in late.

Looking at the rotation, a C seems like a fair grade for the team. Kyle Lohse had a strong year, Wily Peralta continued to grow, and Marco Estrada had some bright spots. Yovani Gallardo had a bit of a rough time, but in the end it wasn't a horrible year for him. What hurt the rotation a bit was a lack of a fifth starter, as they kept cycling pitchers into and out of that spot in the rotation. Despite that, some starters showed promise this year, and that could be a good sign for the future.

Here are some of the comments on the rotation:

ddloml - A simple approach for me on this one. It’s mostly about wins and losses. The stats show that the starting rotation had 110 decisions in 162 games. Unfortunately, they had only 48 wins. That would put them in the D range for a grade. However, I was encouraged by the 84 quality starts. That tells me the starters received below average run support from the offense. So I ended up giving them a grade of C-.

munchtime - I gave them a C-. Their ERA was below average, but not too poor. Their BB/9 was average. Their average IP is less than desirable. Their K/9 stunk. That was the clincher to drop them down from a C.

sheetskout - C+. There were some definite bright spots in the Brewers rotation this season. Estrada was great in September, Peralta made the next step in building up his endurance, and Lohse was fantastic most times out. Gallardo wasn’t THAT bad either; we just expected more.

Next Vote: The Bullpen

The next vote is open, and it is for the bullpen. Make your vote for the bullpen, and then leave some notes on why you voted that way in the comments below. Here are the stats for the bullpen:

Player G SV W L IP ERA FIP K BB
Mike Gonzalez 75 0 0 3 50.0 4.68 4.87 60 25
Brandon Kintzler 71 0 3 3 77.0 2.69 2.54 58 16
Burke Badenhop 63 1 2 3 62.1 3.47 3.53 42 12
John Axford 62 0 6 7 54.2 4.45 4.77 54 23
Jim Henderson 61 28 5 5 60.0 2.70 3.58 75 24
Tom Gorzelanny* 33 0 1 1 36.2 2.70 4.28 35 9
Alfredo Figaro* 28 1 2 1 49.0 2.94 4.17 33 9
Rob Wooten 27 0 3 1 27.2 3.90 3.19 18 8
Francisco Rodriguez 25 10 1 1 24.2 1.09 3.09 26 9
Donovan Hand* 24 0 1 1 31.2 3.13 3.74 18 11
Tyler Thornburg* 11 0 1 0 23.2 3.04 3.94 14 10
Mike Fiers* 8 0 1 1 11.2 2.31 4.93 8 4
Michael Blazek 7 0 0 1 7.0 3.86 5.05 4 3
Jimmy Nelson* 3 0 0 0 5.0 0.00 2.65 4 2
Chris Narveson 2 0 0 0 2.0 0.00 4.55 0 1
Johnny Hellweg* 1 0 0 0 1.0 9.00 4.05 1 1
Totals 501 40 26 28 524.0 3.19 3.75 450 177
Average/9 IP - - - - 9.0 3.19 3.75 7.73 3.04

* - Stats only include games in relief.

What do you think? How well did the bullpen perform this season? Vote for the grade you would give them below. The poll will be open until 3 pm tomorrow, when we will reveal the community grade and open the vote for the next position.