Since the opening week of the 2016 MLB campaign, there have been many weekly and monthly award handed out. The Detroit Tigers found themselves as the recipient of a Week 13 award. The Tigers were picked as the ‘Bullpen of the Week’ in MLB. On an eight bullet-point scoring system, Detroit’s overall total lead the league with 113.5 points, ultimately earning themselves the weekly honors. The bullpen gave up only five earned runs in 32 1/3 innings pitched.
Here is the constructed point system used to determine the overall winner each week.
The pen really showed the ability to really dial in and get the job done this past Thursday against the Seattle Mariners. Reliever, Kyle Ryan surely earned his eventual win that would give the Tigers the sweep over the M’s. The was 4-4 heading into the 10th inning. Ryan was on the mound and got himself into quite the situation. In the 10th inning, after giving up a lead-off single to Shawn O’Malley, Ryan tried to pick off O’Malley and instead, airmailed the throw to first base and O’Malley got all the way to third base. Kyle Ryan ended up getting out of the inning by striking out Robinson Cano and without surrendering a run. Detroit won the game on a walk-off wild pitch that scored Cameron Maybin from third base.
Francisco Rodriguez joined some rare company during the week as well. K-Rod became only the 12th pitcher in MLB history to record at least 10 seasons of 20 or more saves when he notched his 20th save of the season against the Mariners.
The bullpen looked stellar in all situations presented over the week. Now, I realize this is a ‘weekly’ honor and we should really be looking at the big picture here, but a solid week of production like this can’t go unnoticed, especially in the game of baseball. Something small like that can be all that it takes to get something going for a ball club.