As the season evolved, Garcia and Perez both went down with injuries early and Dail Villanueva entered after serving time for a failed drug test. Others plugged into the picture early on were Jonathan Escudero and Alberth Almeida.
Later, Montanez went down midseason and Bier missed the last few weeks with soreness. We got a taste of relievers moving in to fill the spots. Escudero, Almeida, and Villanueva stuck around a little longer with Ismael Brito, Roberto Canache, and Kender Villegas making spot starts to cover for those hurt. Even Garcia made a return at the end of the season.
During this period, Ulacio logged the most innings but coughed up the most hits, runs, and earned runs of any of the regular starters. Montanez showed a strong first half and Bier was striking batters out right and left. Villanueva struggled with his control, racking up walks and wild pitches.
In the second half of the season, Ulacio again came through and worked the most innings of any pitcher. Bier was lights out only allowing a total of three runs over 23 innings and striking out the most batters. Montanez had his struggles and later was shut down for the season, as was Bier.
By far, Bier showed the strongest season of all the pitchers, but there is consideration for Ulacio, who was the most durable, and Montanez.
Congratulations to Deimer Bier for claiming his second consecutive VSL Starting Pitcher of the Year Award.
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