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ST. PETERSBURG - JUNE 22:  Pitcher Andy Sonnanstine #21 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches against the San Diego Padres during the game at Tropicana Field on June 22, 2010 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG - JUNE 22: Pitcher Andy Sonnanstine #21 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches against the San Diego Padres during the game at Tropicana Field on June 22, 2010 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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The pen pitched four and a third innings last night without allowing a baserunner. They've been good. Real good. This image says just about everything you can say about them:

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Here's five other tidbits:

  • Soriano has a 16:1 Shutdown to Meltdown ratio.
  • Cormier is the only reliever with a 1:1 SD:MD ratio.
  • Benoit is the only reliever without a meltdown (well, and James Shields).
  • Cormier is also the only reliever with a negative WPA.
  • Benoit has a 17% whiff rate. Stephen Strasburg has a 17.2% whiff rate.