It’s Tax Day and IRS will get you

IRSHere in America April 15 is the day that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) wants to tax you.

Let’s for a moment look at the meaning of the word “tax.”

Tax defined

  1. a compulsory contribution to state revenue, levied by the government on workers’ income and business profits or added to the cost of some goods, services, and transactions. 
  2. a strain or heavy demand. - a heavy tax on the reader’s attention” As in this article.

The IRS and baseball

Now before you think this is some polemic against our tax code, let me stop you from giving me more credit than I deserve.

This pertains to what I consider one of the most under-emphasized stats in baseball: IRS – Inherited Runs Scored. The tax that puts heavy demand on a team.

Just as there are those who are losing their belief in the value of the wins and RBI stats, I’m increasingly becoming disenchanted with the save as a measure of reliever efficacy. And the “hold” as a stat seems to have minimal value, certainly in comparison to the increasing importance we are finding in middle relievers.

When a reliever comes in mid-inning, I want to know their WHIP, their Batting Average Against (BAA), and their IRS rating. Too frequently a reliever comes in with runners on base, allows a hit that permits them to score and then gets out of the inning. Those runs are awarded to the pitcher they relieved (most frequently the starter) and their ERA remains pristine.

Bah!

Case in point: Take a look at Maikel Cleto and Aaron Crow and you see two pitchers who have a 0.00 ERA but have allowed three-of-five inherited runners to score.

And, as you can see on the chart below, Fernando Salas is more of an arsonist than a fireman when he inherits runners.

Fernando Salas may be with the Angels, but he's the devil in disguise. Oh yes, he is.

Fernando Salas may be with the Angels, but he’s the devil in disguise. Oh yes, he is.

 

2014 IRS – taxing pitchers

Pitchers who have allowed 3+ inherited runners to score

Rk Player IS IR IS% WHIP Year Tm G IP H R ER BB SO ERA BA
1 Fernando Salas 5 5 100.00% 1.941 2014 LAA 6 5.2 7 3 3 4 8 4.76 .292
2 Daniel Webb 4 7 57.14% 0.955 2014 CHW 4 7.1 5 2 2 2 7 2.45 .192
3 James Russell 4 8 50.00% 2.182 2014 CHC 7 3.2 3 2 2 5 4 4.91 .231
4 Maikel Cleto 3 5 60.00% 0.947 2014 CHW 6 6.1 2 0 0 4 3 0.00 .105
5 B.J. Rosenberg 3 4 75.00% 2.077 2014 PHI 6 4.1 8 4 3 1 3 6.23 .400
6 Wilton Lopez 3 3 100.00% 2.842 2014 COL 4 6.1 18 8 8 0 4 11.37 .514
7 Charlie Furbush 3 6 50.00% 2.182 2014 SEA 5 3.2 6 3 3 2 3 7.36 .353
8 Randall Delgado 3 3 100.00% 2.586 2014 ARI 4 9.2 18 9 9 7 5 8.38 .400
9 Logan Ondrusek 3 5 60.00% 1.800 2014 CIN 3 3.1 5 2 2 1 2 5.40 .357
10 Kevin Slowey 3 5 60.00% 1.541 2014 MIA 4 12.1 15 7 6 4 7 4.38 .313
11 Aaron Crow 3 5 60.00% 1.000 2014 KCR 6 4.0 2 2 0 2 2 0.00 .154
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Generated 4/15/2014.

Nine to Knwo:2013 IRS – taxing pitchers

Pitchers who have allowed 18+ inherited runners to score

Rk Player IS IR IS% WHIP Year Tm G IP H R ER BB SO ERA BA
1 Matt Lindstrom 19 50 38.00% 1.434 2013 CHW 76 60.2 64 23 21 23 46 3.12 .277
2 Jose Mijares 19 46 41.30% 1.776 2013 SFG 60 49.0 67 24 23 20 54 4.22 .321
3 Cody Allen 19 52 36.54% 1.251 2013 CLE 77 70.1 62 22 19 26 88 2.43 .233
4 Dane De La Rosa 18 41 43.90% 1.161 2013 LAA 75 72.1 56 25 23 28 65 2.86 .219
5 Charlie Furbush 18 57 31.58% 1.185 2013 SEA 71 65.0 48 33 27 29 80 3.74 .199
6 Mike Gonzalez 18 38 47.37% 1.660 2013 MIL 75 50.0 58 28 26 25 60 4.68 .283
7 Brian Duensing 18 57 31.58% 1.475 2013 MIN 73 61.0 68 28 27 22 56 3.98 .283
8 Jake McGee 18 39 46.15% 1.181 2013 TBR 71 62.2 52 28 28 22 75 4.02 .223
9 Matt Albers 18 44 40.91% 1.270 2013 CLE 56 63.0 57 25 22 23 35 3.14 .242
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Generated 4/15/2014.
It's hard to find a reliever who does more for his team than Sean Doolittle

It’s hard to find a reliever who does more for his team than Sean Doolittle

Nine to Know: The best of 2013 IRS

Pitchers who have allowed less than 14% of inherited runners to score

Rk Player IS% IS IR WHIP Year Tm Lg G IP H R ER BB SO ERA BA
1 Sean Doolittle 6.25% 2 32 0.957 2013 OAK AL 70 69.0 53 24 24 13 60 3.13 .214
2 Shawn Kelley 10.00% 4 40 1.313 2013 NYY AL 57 53.1 47 28 26 23 71 4.39 .233
3 Javier Lopez 10.53% 6 57 1.068 2013 SFG NL 69 39.1 30 10 8 12 37 1.83 .208
4 Seth Maness 12.07% 7 58 1.258 2013 STL NL 66 62.0 65 17 16 13 35 2.32 .281
5 Vin Mazzaro 12.50% 4 32 1.208 2013 PIT NL 57 73.2 68 23 23 21 46 2.81 .246
6 Joe Thatcher 12.73% 7 55 1.271 2013 TOT NL 72 39.1 40 14 14 10 36 3.20 .267
7 Joel Peralta 13.33% 4 30 1.136 2013 TBR AL 80 71.1 47 31 27 34 74 3.41 .184
8 Brian Matusz 13.51% 5 37 1.157 2013 BAL AL 65 51.0 43 21 20 16 50 3.53 .230
9 Casey Fien 13.64% 6 44 1.016 2013 MIN AL 73 62.0 51 28 27 12 73 3.92 .225
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Generated 4/15/2014.