The Rays Tank: Maddon fails to match FIP to leverage

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs dugout did an analysis matching bullpen usage by leverage to reliever FIP. Joe Maddon had the lowest correlation in the American League, meaning that more than any other manager, he did not match his best reliever (as identified by their actual FIP) to the highest leverage. This merits a closer look, which I'll have finished later on today.

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