Drew Butera is now the Dodgers best reliever with a 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP, 1.11 FIP, 1.11 xFIP, and 0.69 SIERA. He’s magic, basically.
Yes, the Dodgers were routed last night, 13-3, but Butera was a rare bright spot, pitching one perfect inning that included a strikeout punctuated by 94 mph heat. This wasn’t Butera’s first rodeo though, as he had previously pitched a scoreless, no-hit inning for the Twins in 2012, walking one but also striking out one. So this was a season debut, not a MLB debut (all elite pitchers have a track record of success, after all), but as far as season debuts go, it’s hard to imagine a better one.
Butera started the appearance off facing Christian Yelich and the top of the Marlins order. He quickly pumped in back-to-back strikes with a “fastball” at 82 and 83 before missing with an 84 mph fastball out of the zone.
He then threw a 74 mph change that Yelich lined to Andre Ethier in center, giving the Marlins lineup a brief flash of his intimidating out-p...