Braves 2010 Season in Review: Eric O'Flaherty

Eric O'Flaherty will be a key part of the Braves 2011 bullpen.

Since arriving to the Atlanta Braves in 2009, Eric O’Flaherty’s role with the team has primarily been as a situational pitcher, dealing with left-handed batters, a role he has performed very well.  2010 was no different, with the only exception being a case of mono, which shelved him on two separate occasions, cutting into almost eight entire weeks of the season.

O’Flaherty enjoyed a career-best 2.45 ERA in 44 innings pitched, over 56 appearances.  He also notched a career best 7.4 K/9 ratio, striking out 36 batters in his limited duties. EOF stranded 79% of base-runners, and was extremely stingy with giving up home runs (0.4 HR/9).  Most importantly, he did his job against the left-handed batters, limiting them to a .231 batting average, and on-base percentage of a meager .277.  Injuries and ineffectiveness from other relievers thrust O’Flaherty into a little more playing time than was expected, but Eric did not falter.  Against right-handed batters, there were noticeably more walks, but he still held them to an impressive .229 batting average.

Next Year:

It’s hard to say whether Eric O’Flaherty will still be a Brave in 2011.  Entering his first year of arbitration, could price him out beyond what the Braves are willing to spend towards a situational lefty.  However, with the trade of Michael Dunn in the Dan Uggla deal doesn't hurt his chances now.  Jonny Venters is a candidate to close, and will be responsible for higher-leverage, late-inning situations, so the need for what Michael Dunn would have fulfilled is now vacant for EOF.

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