If you're like me, and you want to know just how bad Jason Bulger has been at allowing inherited runners to score, but you just couldn't find a website with the proper info, please go to baseball-reference.com and suggest that they add IRS (inherited runners scored) to their relief pitcher stats. Here is a link.
On occasion, a relief pitcher can fool us with a moderate ERA, and could possibly even have a tolerable WHIP, but seems to allow a run to score almost every time he pitches. It is very frustrating because it affects the previous pitcher's performance, and (more importantly) may even blow a possible win. Yet, IRS is not a stat that is widely observed.
I was irritated a few days ago to here Angels commentators mention that Bulger had not allowed an earned run in __ # of innings (I don't recall exactly), but they were totally overlooking all the inherited runners he has allowed to score. I'm sure Sosh is all too aware of Bulger's problem in this area, but it would be nice for us laypeople to have access to those numbers without having to scrutinize past boxscores. That way our bitching and moaning can be even more well informed.
(Thanks to Downing Rules for the idea to petition bb-ref.)
What is most frustrating?
A relief pitcher allowing inherited runners to score (Bulger) (22 votes)
A batter striking out looking with the bases loaded (Napoli) (27 votes)
A fileder doggin it on a possible play (old, stiff outfielders) (5 votes)
Seeing Q in the lineup (Sosh) (17 votes)
71 total votes