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Can Slowey Swing?

Based on work by Eric Seidman at Baseball Prospectus an average pitcher who pitched both out of the rotation and pen gained 2% on their strikeout rate without walking many more.  I thought it would be interesting to project what our starting pitchers would do out of the bullpen.  I used each players career rates, adjusting their K/9 up by 2% to calculate a FIP as a reliever.  Eric found that ERA decreased an average of 0.75.  His article didn't address whether or not relievers were able to improve their HR/9 and this may account for the difference.  Results are below the jump.   

name          K/9      adj K/9         BB/9          HR/9         whip            FIP FIP as RP
Slowy 6.86 7.63 1.5 1.41 1.28 4.21 4.04
Blackburn 4.25 5.04 1.92 1.18 1.4 4.6 4.42
Baker 7.07 7.84 2.1 1.18 1.28 4.03 3.86
Duensing 5.49 6.25 2.77 0.75 1.27 3.98 3.81
Perkins 4.72 5.51 2.34 1.28 1.44 4.78 4.60
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