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    Claussen Better Suited for the Pen?

    During Brandon Claussen's recent outings Marty and Steve have both mentinoned Claussen's effectiveness the first time through a line-up and his propensity to fall apart the second time around. This would suggest that Claussen is well-suited for the bullpen, a suggestion that I have seen tossed out on the board over the last couple of days.

    All of this got me thinking about Claussen's stats in innings 1-3 v. 4-6 and whther or not they would back an argument that he is best suited for the pen. Since looking at only this year would be such a small sample, I looked at every start Claussen has ever made. Here's what I found.

                 Inn	ER	K	BB	H	ERA	K/9	K:BB	WHIP
    1-3 Inn     157.33	67	105	56	143	3.83	6.01	1.875	1.26
    4-6 Inn     132.33	72	68	44	156	4.90	4.62	1.55	1.51
    This seems to suggest that he would be good in the pen. His numbers early in the game are better than his numbers as he gets going. Claussen has a lower ERA, higher K/9, higher K:BB, and lower WHIP in innings 1-3 than innings 4-6.

    But, with a little more digging, I found that these numbers might be deceptive. I decided to look at Claussen's numbers inning by inning.

    	  Inn	ER	K	BB	H	ERA	K/9	K:BB	WHIP
    1st Inn	  53	34	32	21	59	5.77	5.43	1.52	1.51
    2nd Inn	  52.1 	17	34	20	46	2.92	5.85	1.7	1.26
    3rd Inn	  52	16	39	15	38	2.77	6.75	2.6	1.02
    4th Inn	  48	44	24	26	84	8.25	4.5	0.92	2.29
    5th Inn	  45	17	25	9	32	3.4	5	2.78	0.91
    6th Inn	  39.1	11	19	9	40	2.52	4.35	2.11	1.25
    Claussen's 1st inning numbers are bad, but he does settle down. The 4th inning is absolutely awful for Claussen. Maybe, using him in long releif, where his 1st inning troubles can be balanced out by second and third innings, but not letting him get to the point where he gets completely rocked would be good.

    But, I still wouldn't move him to the pen. We don't really have anyone to replace him in the rotation.
    Last edited by Bobcat J; 05-31-2006 at 11:52 AM.

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