The Tax Stat – IRS by teams – the Yankees are the worst

by Bill Chuck on June 21, 2016

When you talk bullpens in baseball these days, the first team that comes to mind are the Yankees with the Terrific Troika of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller, and Aroldis Chapman. However, the Yankees pen is comprised of more than that three-headed monster. When you look at the Yankee mediocrity, you should note that no team has allowed a greater percentage of inherited runners to score than the Yanks.

I call Inherited Runs Scored the tax stat not just because of its acronym, but because of it’s taxing effect upon the pitcher who preceded the offender and the manager who made the decision to pull that original pitcher in the hopes of avoiding further damage.

Percentage of inherited runners scored by relievers

Tm IR IS IS% ▾
NYY 63 26 41%
ARI 111 44 40%
DET 111 44 40%
TOR 101 39 39%
CIN 106 40 38%
MIA 103 39 38%
COL 100 37 37%
MIN 123 46 37%
SEA 78 28 36%
BOS 78 27 35%
LAA 116 41 35%
SDP 75 26 35%
CHW 106 36 34%
WSN 94 32 34%
ATL 130 43 33%
MIL 67 22 33%
STL 65 21 32%
LgAvg 96 30 31%
LAD 106 32 30%
PHI 82 25 30%
BAL 89 26 29%
TBR 100 27 27%
KCR 77 20 26%
PIT 88 23 26%
CHC 95 24 25%
TEX 106 26 25%
CLE 99 23 23%
NYM 84 18 21%
OAK 111 22 20%
SFG 141 26 18%
HOU 67 11 16%
2872 894 31%
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/21/2016.

Shout out to Josh Osich of the Giants

No pitcher in baseball has inherited more baserunners than Josh Osich who has entered games with 31 runners on. Osich has permitted only two to score, an IRS rate of just 6%.

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