In the full-season bullpen shuffle from which Pete Mackanin was forced to fill his late innings, only three relievers posed as year-long possibilities: Hector Neris, whose report card Tim Guenther wrote last week, Jeanmar Gomez, whom I will profile in a few weeks, and David Hernandez.
Hernandez’s 72.2 innings of work tied for the 15th most thrown by a reliever in the National League, not necessarily an ideal situation for Mackanin, but sadly more reliable than the majority of the one-in-one-out candidates that more accurately resembled a slow-moving line at the local overcrowded college bar than a functioning bullpen.
With a slightly above average ERA for a reliever (3.84 compared to the 3.93 league average) and slightly below average FIP (4.32 compared to a 3.99 league average), Hernandez’s 2016 season – the lone year of a one-year deal signed in December 2015 – was essentially a large helping of meh.
But a one-year rental of an average relief arm no doubt helped an otherwise morbid relief contingent. David Hernandez was, all things considered, beneficial for the bullpen. Take that in. Chew on it. Then spit it out, and, by the end of this report card, never again waste a moment’s thought on him. Continue reading…