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Monday, August 26, 2019

No-hitter or not, bullpens need to be ready

If a pitcher takes a no-hitter into the sixth or seventh inning, that’s usually around when it starts to feel possible.

It’s also apparently a decent time to pull him.

In the past week, three pitchers were taken out with no-hitters in progress in the sixth inning or later, part of a growing trend in which managers are willing to go to the bullpen even when the starter has a chance to make history. In an era when complete games are rare, this isn’t a surprise, but it’s noteworthy all the same.

Of the three no-hitters thrown this season, two were combined efforts. Only Mike Fiers of Oakland pulled one off by himself, May 7 against Cincinnati.

Dear MLB managers:

If you weren’t so willing to needlessly use the hook with starters, you wouldn’t need to play taxi squad games with relievers and have to put position players in when losing.

QLE Posted: August 26, 2019 at 04:06 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpens, no-hitters

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Phillies face depleted bullpen because of injuries

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Phillies manager Gable Kapler could have draped a stethoscope around his neck in his office that seemed more fit for an urgent care.

“I have notes on injury stuff,” Kapler said Wednesday, not long before Philadelphia’s scheduled game against St. Louis went into a rain delay. “There’s some stuff to report.”

Just a few notes.

One reliever had surgery. Another went on the injured list. Three more relievers may not return until some time in June.

In retrospective, investing a fortune on a right fielder with a 110 OPS+ might not have been the brightest idea in the world….

 

QLE Posted: May 30, 2019 at 10:23 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpens, injuries, phillies

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Dodgers wear out Jacob deGrom, feast on Mets’ bullpen

LOS ANGELES –Like the prizefighter he is, Jacob deGrom absorbed some body blows Monday against the Dodgers, but never let the game get away from him.

He retired Cody Bellinger in big spots. He stranded six men. He left with a lead in a much-anticipated pitching matchup against Clayton Kershaw.

Yet, in doing all that, deGrom needed to use 105 pitches in five innings. He left it all on the field, but, baseball is a nine-inning game. There were still 12 outs to go.

And this Mets bullpen didn’t offer any relief.

The sort of bullpen that would convince Billy Martin that he had the right idea….

 

QLE Posted: May 28, 2019 at 05:31 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpens, jacob degrom, mets being mets

Friday, March 15, 2019

Farhan Zaidi believes Giants bullpen can be one of baseball’s best

SAN FRANCISCO—The belief throughout much of the offseason was that Farhan Zaidi would trade his best relievers in order to get pieces that could help the Giants win in future years. Recently, Zaidi put his own twist on that plan when asked if he could still swing deals centered around bullpen arms.

“It definitely is a position of depth for us,” he said. “We’ll kind of continue to listen because I think it’s a relative position of depth, but I think for us to be successful with the composition of this club, we’ll have to have one of the best bullpens in baseball.”

The Giants are not on anybody’s list of contenders, and they haven’t significantly upgraded a club that’s lost 187 games the past two seasons. But that also doesn’t mean they’re raising the white flag in March, especially not Bruce Bochy’s last one with the club, and Zaidi believes the bullpen can help keep this team in the race.

Ah, spring- when hope springs eternal….

 

QLE Posted: March 15, 2019 at 07:24 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpens, farhan zaidi, giants

 

 

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