The Boston Red Sox bullpen has been a nice surprise this year. They’ve suffered some hiccups but have been one of the better relief corps in the majors. One of the main reasons for their dominance has been a surprise? Robby Scott.
The Boston bullpen has a clear ace in Craig Kimbrel, who has a 0.96 earned run average, 0.43 walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP) and 35 strikeouts in 18 2/3 innings.
While those numbers are good enough to easily top any roster, Scott isn’t far behind in some of those categories. He’s only pitched 10 1/3 innings and has just nine strikeouts, but has a close WHIP (0.68). Even more impressive, the left-hander’s ERA sits at 0.87.
While 10 1/3 innings might be a limited sample, 16 1/3 innings are a bit more indicative.
Last season, Scott threw six innings in the majors and didn’t allow a run in that time. Combine the two seasons, and the 27-year-old’s ERA is a ridiculous 0.55.
Scott is used mostly just against left-handed hitters. That means he tends to face just one or two batters in an outing. In fact, his 10 1/3 innings this year have come in 18 appearances.
While some may feel this diminishes his value, it may actually make it stronger. First, he’s clearly doing his job. Scott’s opponents are hitting just .121 against him, meaning he tends to leave the mound without allowing any baserunners.
Then there’s the fact that his short outings leave him open to pitching often. Of Scott’s 18 appearances, 12 have seen less than 10 pitches. That gives the Red Sox the option of using him multiple days in a row without much worry of abusing his arm. This is huge when it comes to late-game matchups.
Many people still seem to doubt whether the lefty-specialist is the real deal. No matter what they believe, it’s hard to argue with results, and Robby Scott gets results.