2022 Player Outlook
Speaking of shaking up, Daniel Bard was certainly a big reason why the bullpen had some turnover. In 2020, Bard was the National League’s Comeback Player of the Year after being out of baseball dating back to 2013. In that shortened season he went 4-2 with six saves while averaging over a strikeout per inning at 35 years old. 2021 was a different story. He did collect 20 saves, but he lost the Closer’s job down the stretch. He averaged almost 11 strikeouts per nine innings which is great, but also averaged almost five walks per nine innings and his ERA jumped up to 5.21 so he definitely fell off the wagon. He turns 37 in Junes and is projected for decent strikeout numbers, but he’s not going to get many saves early on unless Estevez struggles.