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BobbyRoberto wrote:They're called Vultures, because they come in and swoop up someone else's win. For example, the starter goes 7 innings, gives up 2 earned runs, leaves the game tied. In comes the Vulture who pitches a scoreless inning, the team scores, he "vultures" the win.
It's nice when you get them but it's not something you can rely on year-to-year. Last year, Juan Rincon had 11 wins. This year he has 4 and it appears that Jesse Crain is the staff vulture.
Ayala and Cordero have been money all year.
stumpak wrote:Ayala hasn't really been money. Frankly, his WHIP and Ks suck for a MR guy. He has gotten a lot of wins through luck, same with Crain.
Sure there respective teams have been in a lot of close games, but there is no way that you should expect an MR to accrue wins at double-digit/162 game rate over the long-run. I will buy that there are MRs who are in good "vulture" siutations in that they are go-to guys on teams that play a lot of close games, but anyone who gets more than 6-8 wins in this situation is the beneficiary of pure luck and happenstance that will eventually end.
It is the same thing as an SP who wins 22 or 23 games. Sure you have to be really good and play on a good team, but in the end you need a strogn dose of luck as well.
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