For much of this season, Orioles fans have been fixated on Jim Johnson, blaming him for what they think ails the team.
Johnson does have nine blown saves and eight losses to go along with his 44 saves. A year ago, he had 51 saves and three blown ones.
Last year, he also had better help.
In 2012, the Orioles had an, effective Pedro Strop, who was 5-2 with a 2.44 ERA, Luis Ayala with a 2.64 ERA and Troy Patton, who had a 2.43 ERA. Darren O’Day had a 7-1 record with a 2.28 ERA.
The bullpen was so good they were able to trade Matt Lindstrom, who had a 2.72 ERA in late August for Joe Saunders.
This year, Johnson’s ERA has climbed from 2.49 to 3.13. Luis Ayala is gone, and Tommy Hunter, who joined the bullpen last September, has been good with a 2.87 ERA.
O’Day is 5-3 with an identical ERA to last year, but his hits and walks are up while his strikeouts are down.
Patton’s ERA has risen by nearly 1.5. His hits and walks are way up while his strikeouts are down, too.
It’s not all Johnson’s fault.