Originally written on Burning River Baseball  |  Last updated 10/15/14
During 2011 and 2012, Vinnie Pestano was a young, stud reliever with a "live" arm who flew under the radar because he did not have the “closer” tag. It seemed as if only Indians fans noticed him and gave him acclaim, as he averaged almost 11 strikeouts per nine innings during those seasons, a 2.45 ERA, and did a nice job keeping the ball in the park. Pestano was so good, that most fans (including myself) wanted him to take over the closers role after the 2012 campaign.   In the past, Pestano might have seemed a great candidate for that, but he is struggling this season, even at AAA Columbus. His 4.05 2013 big league ERA is not great for a reliever to begin with, but more troubling was his 5.14 FIP. Pestano has only had 33.1 innings of work, and we all know the of reliever volatility theory, but there are some troubling indicators here. As one can see from Pestano’s FIP, it is not as if he was subject to the usual “luck” problems one often sees with pitchers. Hi...
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