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    Anyone else had dominant relievers have inexplicable horrible years?

    Example one:

    Robert Frantz - won the FOTY award almost every season. ERA below 3 for his whole career, and below 2 for much of it. Then, in 2056, he balloons up to 4.97 ERA (2 run increase over career), and 1.59 WHIP. He had a career low, by far, in K/9 and a career high, by far, in BB/9. That can't be blamed on defense. He didn't decline, and in fact is still improving. His 4.97 ERA was actually greatly improved, as he had a strong 2nd half of the season to bring it down. He was at 10.22 in July, and over 7 still in August. He recovered to be not quite as dominant, but still very good the next season. What happened?

    Example 2:

    Dean Chow - Dominant 3/4 years prior to this year, with 2 seasons below 2 ERA. There was one mediocre year with 4.18 ERA, but nothing like this year (7.03 ERA, 1.76 WHIP). Also no decline, and the defense has actually improved. K/9 is normal, but his BB/9 has spiked to a career high, as has OAVG, OOBP, OSLG, OOPS, etc. What's going on?
    2ML - Padres 1906, 1909, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1931, 1942, 1945, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1971
    BD - Antarctica 1993,1994, 1996, 2004, 2005, 2019, 2041, 2044, 2046
    CBF - Duck 2053, 2056, 2058, 2060, 2070, 2071, 2075, 2077, 2087, 2088, 2091, 2092, 2102, 2105,2106, 2107, 2116
    CWS - UNC 1953, 1954, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1976, 1979
    HR - Phillies 1901, 1903, 1905, 1906, 1917, 1920, 1921, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1931, 1934
    CarL - Port Royal 2026, 2039, 2043
    62-49 in WS

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    Re: Anyone else had dominant relievers have inexplicable horrible years?

    Happens all the time.

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    Re: Anyone else had dominant relievers have inexplicable horrible years?

    I've always wondered if "down years" or "up years" are built into the game, where sometimes players will get hidden boosts or declines in ratings just for one season.

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    Re: Anyone else had dominant relievers have inexplicable horrible years?

    Quote Originally Posted by EtaCar927 View Post
    I've always wondered if "down years" or "up years" are built into the game, where sometimes players will get hidden boosts or declines in ratings just for one season.
    I had a guy who was great every other year, but mediocre inbetween. Maybe he'd get that salary increase and relax, but then had to work hard for that higher salary the following season.

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    Re: Anyone else had dominant relievers have inexplicable horrible years?

    Looking at my current batch of closing. 2 of my 3 teams are influx (one the closer a high SY got moved into the rotation before midseason, and been an excellent SP, which I had hoped for someday, his replacement is something like 20 for 22. The second team I cut the previous closer to meet budget needs, he was an early season vet FA pickup, he was 29 for 31 in saves, but his ERA was near 5.00, and I have an influx of young and ready pitchers, still working on a replacement, the likely candidate and currently in the spot is been switching between low-end SP and closer last 3 years. 34 years old and still does have good numbers, before being a starter the entire season last year, he had followed an excellent closer year with a horrible one.)


    My one settled closer position, I have a longtime good to great closer who has blown saves left and right and ERA has gone from high-2.00s to mid-4.00s. He is 36 now, so this might just be his downswing. He did have a year a couple years ago where his ERA was hovering around 1.00 until the last 2 weeks of the season, and then blew that ERA up astronomically (a run plus)

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    Re: Anyone else had dominant relievers have inexplicable horrible years?

    On one of the team's in flux the team's alltime SV leader for close to a decade he regularly put up 35+ SVs nearly every year but 2. One of which just missed because we had fewer chances for whatever reason. The real aberration was a 12 SV season. For some reason, he couldn't get anybody out the first 2 months, lost his job till late August (he started bringing things together, his replacement started blowing up in August). Had a pretty good September to semi-make something out of that lost season.

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    Re: Anyone else had dominant relievers have inexplicable horrible years?

    I've had the opposite happen. One of my former players (https://www.csfbl.com/player/view.asp?playerid=4581249) was around just to fill a roster spot. He was destined to have an unspectacular career except for his 2102 season which was lights out. He even had a great playoffs to cap off a solid regular season.

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