Basing reliever roles on performance
Roles in the bullpen is often one of the last boxes a manager checks. Torey Lovullo will base who comes in when on performance.
The Diamondbacks manager recently spoke with Arizona Sports 98.7 FM about this subject.
"“They’re going to define their roles by how they’re performing and I want to give them a little bit of time,” Lovullo said. “I don’t think one game is a fair assessment. I can’t say exactly how long that time is because we’re evaluating stuff — we’re evaluating comfort, we’re evaluating mound presence — we’re doing that on a daily basis.”"
Fernando Rodney struggled on Opening Day, but he is the closer for the foreseeable future. The other guys don’t have a set role. The absence of Daniel Hudson and Brad Ziegler at the backend hurts, but the Diamondbacks acquired veterans that have to get the job done.
It is only two games, and not every reliever has an appearance, but of the pitchers that have entered the game, they should rank in this order:
Archie Bradley: 0.00 ERA in 3.1 IP
Jorge De La Rosa: 0.00 ERA in 0.2 IP
J.J. Hoover: 0.00 ERA in 1.0 IP
Tom Wilhelmsen: 6.75 ERA in 1.1 IP
Andrew Chafin: 9.00 ERA in 1.0 IP
Fernando Rodney: 9.00 ERA in 1.0 IP
Randall Delgado: 54.00 ERA in 0.2 IP
This is a very small sample size, but it will get interesting when April ends. For example, if Bradley pitches well, could he move into a setup role? When Jake Barrett returns, that should help, but eyes should lock in on the pen because that is the most fragile part of this team.