Did Clevelander Bar Affect Performance Of Miami Marlins' Bullpen?

By J.S.Cruz
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Call it a distraction for its semi-naked dancing women, lights and loud salsa music, or call it just a curse, but the party behind the left field fence at Marlins Park is a non-stop one on game days.

The Marlins’ front office does not have enough statistics about its new stadium, but the stadium that the Miami Marlins‘ bullpen was moved away from the Clevelander Bar right next to the left field bullpen so its relievers could focus. Not every stat between 2012 and 2013 shows that to be true on the mound, but there are significant positive variations since the relievers were moved.

The Marlins relievers pitched for an ERA of 4.06 in 2012; in 2013 with a 3.42 ERA. Their K/9 was higher in 2013 at 8.15, while it was 7.83 in 2012. The WHIP was lower in 2013 with 1.29 than it was in 2012 with 1.43. They threw more innings in 2013, so they struck out more batters and walked them more also.

However, the 2012 relievers had a record of 21-20, and the 2013 bullpen was 24-34. Additionally, the 2012 group earned 89 holds, in contrast with 2013 pitchers in the bullpen with 53. The 2012 relievers saved 38 games, while the 2013 crew had 36. Two years cannot predict if the party at Marlins Park’s left field has been a distraction, but the Marlins are not willing to take the risk of its bullpen playing under the influence.

J. S. Cruz is a Miami Marlins writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jscruzme and on Facebook.

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