Monday, June 21, 2010

Remember this guy?

With the Indian bullpen struggling, one can only speculate about how much Saul Rivera might have helped turn things around.

Rivera was traded by the Indians to Arizona Diamondbacks on May 17 for cash considerations, despite the staggering statistics he had compiled at Triple-A Columbus.

He was 2-0 in 15 appearances out of the Clipper bullpen, striking out 11 while allowing just one earned run in 17 innings pitched.

If a pitcher had numbers similar to that in Columbus now, they would be on the Cleveland roster tonight.

Rivera was traded at a time when the Indian bullpen looked solid. Now, however, the bullpen is in shambles with several players having rotated through since the trade.

But Rivera might not have been the answer either.

In four appearances with Arizona across two weeks days in late May, Rivera compiled 3.2 innings of work, during which he allowed 11 hits and nine earned runs for an ERA of 22.09.

He was returned to the minors on June 8. In three games with the Reno Aces, Rivera is 0-1 with a 12.46 ERA.

Of course, had Rivera stayed with Cleveland everything would have turned out differently, but based on his performance since the trade, it seems the Indians dodged a bullet by trading him.

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