Earlier today MetsmerizedOnline posted an article that displayed how poorly Francisco has pitched over the last 28 days which span from Aug 16 to Sept 12. The numbers are no doubt about it piss poor with a 6.75 ERA and a 1.607 WHIP over that span. It got me to thinking though just how drastically different Francisco’s numbers are in save as opposed to non-save situations.
Just in the above span alone you already see the difference.
In Save situations:
4.0/IP, 0/H, 0/R, 0/ER, 0/BB, 5/SO, 0.00/ERA, .000/BAA, 4/SV
In Non-Save situations:
5.1/IP, 11/H, 7/R, 7/ER, 4/BB, 6/SO, 11.82/ERA, .423/BAA
It is like this over his entire season as well.
In Save Situations:
25.1/IP, 19/H, 7/R, 7/ER, 9/BB, 29/SO, 2.49/ERA, .200/BAA, 1/W, 1/L, 23/SV, 3/BS
In Non-Save Situations:
15.0/IP, 28/H, 20/R, 19/ER, 12/BB, 17/SO, 11.40/ERA, .378/BAA, 0/W, 2/L, 1/H
It should be noted that when looking at Francisco’s 3 blown saves thus far this season compared to the rest of MLB that of 43 relievers that have at least 10 or more save opportunities 10 have 2 blown saves or less.
There is no doubt that outside of save situations Francisco has been just horrendous for lack of a better word. I have no rational way to explain why this is the case. My understanding has always been that one of the jobs of the manager is to put his players in situations where he can get the best out of them. Understanding that this can’t always be the case it seems at least based on this season that Collins might just want to try harder to only use Francisco in save situations come 2013.