I ran across this on my daily trip to Baseball Prospectus. Jose Mesa was fifth worst in the National League in Inherited Runs Prevented. Mesa was 6.4 runs worse then average. When you put that on top of the actual runs he gave up that were credited to him, that makes him a pretty poor reliever. Not sure he’s the guy I’d want coming in some time in the sixth inning in a close game, especially with runners on base.
Oddly, Mesa was only the fourth worst on the Rockies because four of the bottom five relievers were all Rockies. You wonder if it has something to do with the park adjustment or whether the Rockies relief pitching was that bad.