Sam Dyson’s 2017 Season Isn’t Going Well
Sam Dyson‘s 2017 season isn’t going well so far. Last season, Dyson posted a 2.43 ERA and a 2.9 WAR in 70 innings, giving up just 63 hits and 19 earned runs and earning 38 saves as the closer for the Texas Rangers.
Dyson came into this season looking to lock down his position as the team’s closer and solidify his status as one of the game’s premier late inning revilers. Things have, um, not gone well.
In 4 games over the first week and a half of baseball, Dyson has pitched just 3 innings. He’s faced 22 batters, walked 3 of them, struck out 2, surrendered 11 hits (that’s better than a .500 opponent batting average for those of you scoring at home) and given up 11 runs, all earned. That’s 19 runs in 70 innings last year and 11 runs in 3 innings this year. He has a 33 ERA, a 14 ERA+, and a 4.66 WHIP.
So what’s going on? Obviously, it’s very early yet and it seems unlikely that Dyson will continue to struggle this badly all year. Things will probably normalize. But that doesn’t mean we can’t try to isolate what’s going on with Dyson now and see if we can determine if his rough start is a bump in the road or if his solid 2016 was the fluke.
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