ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark has a nice piece on the Cordero signing, and how it might be the most “franchise-changing acquisition” of the off-season. As always, Stark offers a raft of numbers that might be random, meaningless trivia standing alone, but add up to a well-rounded picture.
• This is a team that got outscored by 71 runs after the seventh inning last season and by 92 runs after the sixth.
• This is a team that lost eight games it led after seven innings and went a ridiculous 7-17 when it was tied after seven.
• And this is a team that was last in the National League in bullpen ERA (5.13) — and allowed the highest opponent batting average (.282), on-base percentage (.360) and OPS (.807) of any bullpen in the league.
Good stuff. Hat tip, and Best Use of “Dunderheads” in an Email Award to Mr. Redlegs.