However, their pitchers have the fifth-best ERA in baseball at 3.19 (we’re number one with a 2.82), and a big part of the distance between them and us is Matt Garza and his unsightly 4.83. Take him out of the mix, and the rest of their staff has a collective ERA of 2.94. Other than former closer Jim Henderson, the bullpen’s been strong, led by a resurgent Frankie Rodriguez. But this team’s fortunes will depend on whether Kyle Lohse, Yovani Gallardo, Marco Estrada, and Wily Peralta can all stay strong. Their FIP suggests that all four of them may have gotten a bit lucky, as the team’s FIP is 3.75, more than a half-run higher than the team ERA. But you can’t take a win off the scoreboard, and they have more than we do.
I’m still trying to find songs that are sort of punklike without being orthodox punk. So here’s my favorite Canadian band: