The Padres announced that left-hander Tim Hill has been placed on the 15-day injured list (retroactive to May 5) due to inflammation in his throwing shoulder. Lefty Ray Kerr has been called up from Triple-A to take Hill’s place in San Diego’s bullpen.
Hill has been far from his usual effective self, posting an 11.12 ERA over his first 5 2/3 innings out of the Padres’ bullpen. While Hill hasn’t allowed a run in six of his nine appearances, he has only one strikeout against three walks. Always more of a grounder specialist than a strikeout artist, Hill has been hurt by a lack of whiffs and a lot of his allowed contact finding holes — Hill has an ungainly. 440 BABIP thus far.
Closer Taylor Rogers is the only other left-hander in the Padres relief corps, so another southpaw was needed in Hill’s absence. Kerr is an undrafted free agent who has worked his way up the Mariners and Padres farm systems to make his MLB debut earlier this season, and after tossing a scoreless inning in his sole big league game, Kerr could now get more opportunities to impress. San Diego acquired Kerr from the Mariners as part of the Adam Frazier trade last November.
Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuure he’s injured *wink*
Don’t make me go Tonya Harding on him, just feign injury and save us both the trouble.
T.H. same initials
This Kerr kid can’t be any worse than Hill has been this year. The Padres bullpen needs to get things figured out in a hurry! Getting Johnson back soon and hopefully using Morejon and Baez out of the pen later in the year should helps matters.
Forget about him, if he comes back pitching like he was, he could be a difference maker.
Nevermind, he could be worse!
Morejon and Baez are both coming off TJ. Counting on them for anything is the height of wishful thinking.
Tim Hill, Josh Hader, Jeff McNeill, & like half the Dodgers roster have that “Deliverance” look…
Lamet,Stammen, DFA, OR sending to AAA.
Kerr arrives just in time to serve up a slam. Might be the worst Padre pen in a decade.
Not sure if that’s a testament to how bas this pen is, or how spoilt we’ve been for a decade to have good pens.
I think over the long term the bullpen is going to stabilize. The backend of the pen with Rogers and Garcia has already been really good. Wilson has done well too, so between those guys you can cover 7-8-9 in a close game. Crismatt has been sneaky good in long relief.
It’s really top heavy though. Lamet, Stammen, and Hill don’t look good and Suarez has been hit or miss so you can only count on half the pen. As Pomeranz, Johnson, Morejon, and Baez come off the IL the other half of the pen should start to come together. I also think eventually Martinez is going to get pushed out of the rotation too. Petit may come up off his minor league deal.
Basically reinforcements are on the way.
Austin Adams, too. Really good reinforcements are incoming soon, just keep winning series for now.
Starting mid week, they play 22 of 25 games against playoff caliber teams, and won’t have any of those reinforcements back. Hope they can hang on (and start hitting)
Some of these baseball stats are just silly. Prior to tonight, Ray Kerr had appeared in 1 game for the Padres this season and he set the side down 1-2-3 with one strikeout. Obviously, his ERA and WHIP are both 0.00 for his one inning of work but how was his FIP calculated to be 1.08? I can’t figure out how this was calculated for this very small sample, which to me questions how FIP is calculated as a whole. If there was a fly ball hit that would have been a HR in say 10-15 other ballparks then his FIP would be much higher than 1.08. I know this sounds like a trivial point but I’m not trying to argue Kerr’s individual FIP: I’m arguing the validity of the FIP stat as a whole. Can someone explain this?
The short version of the explanation is because of the math that is done to make FIP use the same scale as ERA.
Specifically the formula for FIP is FIP = ((13*HR)+(3*(BB+HBP))-(2*K))/IP + the “constant”. The constant is usually around ~3.1 because it’s designed to make it so the league average ERA and FIP are the same and right now it’s 3.08. The constant is what was giving him a 1.08.
Basically with Kerr before last night this meant the equation was (13×0)+(3*(0+0))-(2*1)/1+3.08 which equals 1.08.
The whole point of FIP is to avoid balls in play being part of the calculations because it’s out of the pitcher’s control whether their OF runs down that fly ball you’re referencing. It takes the luck out of the equation in terms of whether the D behind the pitcher is any good.
Oh oh. Intricate math! Not just numbers, parentheses and symbols!
“Constants” don’t change. It’s more of a factor.
Sure. FIP is a useless and heavily contrived number. And it’s even worse as any kind of comparative number.
The Pen has been bad and half the lineup is underperforming with the bat.Yet we’re still winning.This could be a sign of how this season will go.
Get El Niño back and Snell/Castillo/Pomeranz back and make a move for an outfielder and who knows.
At least we should have “meaningful games in September” if not much more.
*FRESNO FIRE FROGS