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Through the end of May, Jon Rauch had allowed ten earned runs on 23 hits with four walks and 12 strikeouts in 22 innings over 25 relief appearances.

Since then, Rauch has allowed just five earned runs with four walks and 13 strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings over 23 relief appearances.

Overall, Rauch is 3-7 with a 3.79 ERA in 39 1/3 innings in 48 appearances this season.

Rauch's season has been misleading due to the fact he owns seven of the bullpen's 21 losses this season. While that means he's allowed some decisive runs, he has pitched better than that shows. In fact, he has five unearned runs on his line for the season which says he has fallen victim to some poor defense behind him. He has had just one completely ineffective outing this season when he allowed three runs in 1/3 of an inning to the Reds back in May. If that outing is eliminated, Rauch has a 2.75 ERA for the season, and a completely different perception to his season.

Rauch isn't overpowering, so it's difficult for Rauch to overcome defensive miscues because he pitches to a lot of contact. But, his BABip (average on balls in play) is .232, the lowest mark since 2005, he's walking 1.8 batters per nine innings, the lowest mark since 2008, and owns a 3:1 strikeout to walk ratio, all while dealing with knee soreness and elbow problems throughout the season. Those numbers tell me he has had a very good season, despite the seven losses on his record.

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