The IRS and Logan’s Run. Yeah, he’s the tax man

Last night, facing the Minnesota Twins, Phil Hughes held a 3-1 lead and had thrown just over 70 pitches as he entered the 7th inning. The Twins picked up a single, a walk, and an infield single to load the bases but after recording a strikeout to record the second out, Joe Girardi pulled the plug and brought in lefty Boone Logan to face Denard Span.

A wild pitch, a double and a single later, the Twins had a 5-3 lead, on their way to a 5-4 win and a loss for Hughes.

The IRS (inherited run scored) had struck again, taxing the patience of his teammates, the starting pitcher, and fans alike as the Yankees had a chance to put a nail in the Orioles coffin after Baltimore had already lost to the Blue Jays, 4-0.

Allowing IRS is a problem for many teams, but less likely for the Yankees than any other AL team.

Take a look:

Tm SVOpp SV BSv SV% Hold IR IS IS% ▾
LAA 58 36 22 62% 78 185 63 34%
BAL 69 52 17 75% 62 233 75 32%
KCR 61 42 19 69% 74 284 92 32%
DET 50 35 15 70% 71 197 62 31%
OAK 61 44 17 72% 71 204 63 31%
BOS 56 35 21 63% 73 286 86 30%
MIN 46 34 12 74% 60 243 73 30%
TOR 40 26 14 65% 65 199 59 30%
CHW 55 36 19 65% 62 238 69 29%
CLE 54 41 13 76% 78 209 60 29%
LgAvg 56 40 15 72% 69 224 66 29%
TEX 49 41 8 84% 57 180 51 28%
SEA 60 43 17 72% 60 212 57 27%
TBR 54 46 8 85% 72 190 49 26%
NYY 65 51 14 78% 86 278 62 22%
778 562 216 72% 969 3138 921 29%
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Generated 9/26/2012.

Yankee IRS relievers this season:

IP GR SV% IR IS IS% ▾
Joba Chamberlain 18.1 20 22 12 55%
David Robertson 57.0 61 40% 20 7 35%
David Phelps 92.2 21 14 4 29%
Boone Logan* 54.0 77 25% 62 15 24%
Cory Wade 39.0 39 0% 22 4 18%
Rafael Soriano 64.1 66 91% 19 3 16%
Derek Lowe 18.0 14 100% 7 1 14%
Clay Rapada* 37.2 68 0% 55 7 13%
Cody Eppley 43.1 55 42 5 12%
Team Total 460 78% 278 62 22%
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Generated 9/26/2012.

Here are the NL teams and their tax problems:

Tm SVOpp SV BSv SV% SVSit Hold IR IS IS% ▾
CHC 48 28 20 58% 105 54 183 71 39%
HOU 46 27 19 59% 121 63 302 100 33%
PHI 59 40 19 68% 134 72 165 54 33%
NYM 51 33 18 65% 113 60 225 72 32%
COL 57 33 24 58% 130 66 245 75 31%
MIA 58 37 21 64% 156 88 211 65 31%
MIL 69 42 27 61% 144 73 181 56 31%
ATL 57 44 13 77% 132 74 200 60 30%
LgAvg 59 40 19 68% 141 77 218 63 29%
ARI 57 39 18 68% 124 63 168 46 27%
LAD 58 39 19 67% 138 78 242 66 27%
STL 62 40 22 65% 174 102 238 64 27%
WSN 65 49 16 75% 166 96 166 44 27%
PIT 56 44 12 79% 147 89 194 51 26%
SDP 58 42 16 72% 160 94 283 67 24%
CIN 72 54 18 75% 146 70 186 42 23%
SFG 64 50 14 78% 166 93 295 69 23%
937 641 296 68% 2256 1235 3484 1002 29%
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Generated 9/26/2012.

 

While the lunacy of expanded September rosters continue to denigrate the pennant races, there is simply no excuse for managers not to have multiple relievers at the ready at the first sign of trouble. One man in the game, just should mean one more man up in the pen.

Take a look at how John Farrell managed his Blue Jays to their 4-0 win over the Orioles last night. Mind you, the only thing the Blue Jays have left in this season is to finish ahead of the Red Sox thereby avoiding last place in the AL East, and playing the role of spoiler. His stakes are minimal, but he managed hard last night.

The Blue Jays relievers last night:

Pitching IP H BB SO BF Pit
Aaron Laffey, W (4-6) 5.2 5 0 0 21 64
Steve Delabar, H (9) 0.2 1 1 0 4 21
Brett Cecil, H (1) 0.1 0 0 1 1 3
Brandon Lyon, H (12) 0.1 0 0 0 1 1
Darren Oliver 1 0 0 1 3 17
Casey Janssen 1 0 2 0 6 17
Team Totals 9 6 3 2 36 123
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Generated 9/26/2012.

Hughes told the AP he wanted to stay in the game after throwing just 99 pitches. “I was hoping so,” he said. “But I don’t make those decisions. I pitch until I’m told to.”

Logan said his slider just wasn’t as sharp as it normally is. “I was trying to battle through it but just had a bad game,” he said.

Aah, September, the time of the season that try manager’s souls and tax us all.