Bullpen Pillars Struggle
Blake Treinen, Lou Trivino and Joakim Soria played hot potato with being awful for most of the season, culminating with Treinen and Trivino doing next-to-nothing for the final month of the regular season after Puk and Luzardo debuted before being shut down.
Soria figured it out, going 7.2 scoreless innings in September with a .094 OPS allowed, but the Two T’s didn’t have the same luck.
From May 13 on, Lou Trivino had a 6.97 ERA and 2.13 WHIP while allowing an .870 OPS and .352 BAbip in 41.1 IP.
From April 28 on, Blake Treinen posted a 6.15 ERA and 1.74 WHIP while allowing an .852 OPS and .321 BAbip in 45.1 IP.
Somehow, the A’s were still 33-13 in Blake Treinen’s appearances in that span, incl. 16-2 in May and June.
The nature of rotating relievers in baseball make this not as much of a surprise as a disappointment, considering how stellar Treinen was last year – even earning Cy Young and MVP votes – and Trinvio’s dominant outing in the Wild Card Game.
If both Treinen and Trivino are on the team next season it would be a shocker.