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According to the box score, Octavio Dotel allowed a run in two innings yesterday, blowing a save and nearly costing the Pirates the win. In reality, the tying run scored when a simple ground ball somehow eluded the glove of second baseman Aki Iwamura and bounded into center field. Such is the life of a major league reliever. Relievers do not have the luxury of an additional four, five or six innings to cancel out a fluky run, as starting pitchers do. More importantly, pitchers can only control so many aspects of a game. This has been the downfall for Dotel this season.

Here are Dotel’s basic 2010 numbers.

ERA
FIP
xFIP

2010
10.61
6.33
4.49

The ERA is atrocious, the FIP is…umm… less awful…but still ugly, and the xFIP is reasonable. The difference be...

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