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Washington Nationals: April Pitching Review – The Relievers

May 4, 2010

Yesterday we looked at the Nationals starting pitchers, their command of the strike zone, and their effectiveness against opposing batters. In 2009, there were 717,003 pitches thrown, 329,641 (46%) were thrown in the strike zone. In April 2010, MLB pitchers threw 103,076 pitches, 46,135 (44.8%) on the zone. While some Nats starters had periodic trouble recording outs, only Jason Marquis had trouble finding the strike zone (30.7%) in April.

The Nats bullpen has been a treat to watch this year. Matt Capps won the MLB Delivery Man of the Month award for his April efforts 10-for-10 in save situations, 0.68 ERA, 15 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings, and Tyler Clippard is pitching like a real set-up man. See my review of the pen’s performance on my post at Federal Baseball here.

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