Exit Interview 2017: Kevin Siegrist

For the sixth straight year, we’re taking a look back at everyone that played for the St. Louis Cardinals this season.  Whether they were a major contributor or a bit player, here all year or for just a little while, we’ll look at their season and talk about what went right and what went wrong.  The stat line listed is just their time in St. Louis, though splits and other numbers in the discussion may be for the entire year.  Imagine this as them stopping by Mike Matheny‘s office for a little review on their way home for the winter.  As always when you see incredible artistry in the blogs, all credit for the header work goes to @cardinalsgifs.

Player: Kevin Siegrist

Season stats: 1-1, 1 SV, 4.98 ERA, 39 games, 34.1 IP, 35 H, 20 BB, 36 K, 1.602 WHIP, 4.41 FIP, -0.1 bWAR

Hero/Goat: None

Overall grade: D

Positives: Went 11 appearances from April 25 to May 19 without being charged with a run….also was scoreless his first six outings after returning from a stint on the disabled list….limited hitters to a .230 average on the road….batters hit .233 against him in the second half….batters had a .676 OPS on the first pitch….the first batter he faced hit .175….with two outs and runners in scoring position, batters had a .235/.409/.294 line….had a .656 OPS against in high leverage situations….had a 3.86 ERA on one days’ rest….the Cubs hit .071 in 15 plate appearances against him.

Negatives: Was waived at the end of August after returning from another DL stint….his BB/9 rate was the highest of his career….hit H/9 rate was second highest in his career….lefties had an .828 OPS against him….had a 5.71 ERA away from Busch Stadium….had a 7.56 ERA in April….batters hitting first in the lineup had a 1.186 OPS against him….had a 1.063 OPS against if the batter was ahead….batters hit .314 with a .907 OPS when there were two outs in the inning….had a .313/.452/.458 line with runners in scoring position….had a 6.48 ERA appearing on zero days’ rest….had a 5.63 ERA in day games.

Overview: You could make the argument that Siegrist wasn’t quite the same after pitching 81 games in 2015.  Last year’s numbers seemed pretty solid but there was a significant dropoff in K/9 and a marked jump in home runs then.  This season, it all fell apart for Siegrist.  Maybe it would have done that anyway.  After all, the shelf life of relievers–no matter how they are used–is pretty short.  You have to figure that pitching every other day (on average) is going to have some lasting effects, though.  Whatever the reason, Siegrist just couldn’t be trusted much this season.  The walks were very high and four homers in 34 innings was a similar pace to last year’s work.  He didn’t even have that reverse split thing going for him (not that he was ever deployed in that way, always coming in for lefties if he wasn’t starting an inning) as both sides of the plate were pretty rough on him.  That is, when the injury bug wasn’t keeping him sidelined.

Outlook: You have to appreciate what Siegrist brought to the team and you hope that he’ll have some success in Philadelphia or wherever he winds up if the Phillies don’t keep him.  It’s possible that he could have a few more years bouncing around the league, especially since he’s a lefty, but since he’s never been really great at shutting down lefties, that might not give him the boost it does other pitchers.  We’ll see, of course, but there’s a strong chance his best days are already behind him, which you hate to say about a guy that just finished his Age 27 season.

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