Coming off a brilliant two-game set in Colorado, the Phils bullpen starts the day with an ERA of 2.76, the best in the NL and second-best in all of baseball behind only Tampa Bay. Here’s what the bullpen has done over the last ten games the Phils have played:
Five earned runs in 29 innings (1.55 ERA) with a 1.28 ratio. Over the last three games the Phils are 3-0 and the pen has allowed five hits and six walks in ten scoreless innings.
Not only has the bullpen been spectacular for the Phils in the early going, it hasn’t been overused. So far this season, Phillies’ relievers have thrown just 65 1/3 innings. Only two NL teams have had their bullpen throw fewer innings. Assist to Cole Hamels on that front — Hamels has gone at least seven innings in each of his four starts and will try to get the pen some rest again tonight.
65 1/3 innings over 21 games is about 3.11 innings per game or 504 innings over a 162 game season. Last year the Phils pen threw 520 innings, about 3.20 innings per game. The Diamondbacks pen threw the fewest innings, 483 or about 2.98 per game, while the Nats pen threw the most, 590 2/3 or about 3.23 innings per game.