To say that Miami Marlins Closer, Heath Bell, is struggling is an understatement. The $27 million man has an ERA of 10.03 and 4 (officially) blown saves along with other blown ties.
Heath Bell has not been 100% awful. There is a silver lining. When Heath Bell has an outing with at least one strikeout, he is a completely different pitcher. In the combined outings where Bell strikes out a batter, he has gone 7 innings pitched while allowing only one earned run (ERA of 1.29). In outings where Bell fails to record a strikeout, he has lasted 4.2 IP while allowing 12 earned runs for an astronomical ERA of 23.14.
The Marlins Closer has only pitched one inning where he has not allowed a run nor recorded a strikeout.
Bell’s ERA In outings where he walks a batter? 13.50
While many suggest that Bell’s signing was a complete failure, to me it appears to be either hit or miss. If he records a strikeout, he turns into a dominate pitcher, however those outings without a K, cover your eyes.
About the Author
Written by Joseph Inza
Born and raised in Miami, FL, I have always had a passion for all South Florida sports teams. I graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science in Communication with a double major in Electronic Media and Sports Administration. As an intern with the Miami Heat in the 2010-11 Season, I experienced the most anticipated and media-frenzied season of any NBA team in recent history. I am highly interested in the statistical side of sports and am motivated to share that passion with the public.