Aside from the poor hitting with the Diamondbacks, Hester was doomed by poor defensive results in the Majors. In 2010, he only threw out 3 of 24 base stealers (12.5%), and allowed 21 Wild Pitches and 4 Passed Balls in 239.1 Innings (1 every 9.56 Innings). In comparison, Miguel Montero, not known as a great defensive catcher himself, only allowed 36 Wild Pitches and 6 Passed Balls in 658.1 Innings (1 every 15.67 Innings).
Hester had also been passed on the AAA depth chart by Konrad Schmidt, who is hitting .380/.415/.580 this year, and would be the player called up if a replacement was needed for Montero or Henry Blanco.
|19-Apr||3.0||0||2 Holds, 1 Save|
|20-Apr||3.2||0||3 Holds, 1 Save|
|Total||23.0||1||1 Win, 5 Holds, 2 Svs|
The 1 ER in 23 IP gives them an ERA of 0.39 during that stretch. It has been a group effort - Closer J.J. Putz and set-up man David Hernandez have each thrown 4 scoreless IP each, but also contributing have been Juan Gutierrez (4.2 IP), Esmerling Vasquez (5 iP, 1 ER), Sam Demel (2 IP), Josh Collmenter (2 IP), and Joe Paterson (1.1 IP). The bullpen's ERA for the year is now down to a solid 4.19, and the team as a whole has a 3.38 ERA over the last seven days.
Edit: After Thursday's game with the Reds, the Bullpen has now allowed only one run in its last 25.2 IP.
2011 Opening Day Roster:
SP: J.R. Bradley, Tyler Green, Bradin Hagens, David Holmberg, Patrick Schuster, Jeffrey Shields
RP: Michael Bolsinger, Brian Budrow, Blake Cooper, Eury De La Rosa, Jeremy Erben, Kable Hogben, Dan Taylor
C: Raywilly Gomez, Jhoan Pimentel
IF: Yazy Arbelo, Ramon Castillo, Michael Freeman, Matt Helm, Raul Navarro, Zach Walters
OF: Keon Broxton, Chris Jarrett, Roberto Rodriguez, Bobby Stone]]>