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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

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Blue Jays bullpen construction depends on the answers to three questions

When teams have little chance of contending, like the 2019 Toronto Blue Jays do, they rarely invest much in the bullpen.

Though the interchangeability of relievers can often be overstated, when you’re trying to put together a winning core you generally focus on position players, then starters, then relievers. Good bullpen arms aren’t easy to come by, but they aren’t as rare as good starters and they can always be found midseason if you’re making a run.

As a result, it probably should come as no surprise that the Blue Jays’ bullpen is neither expensive nor star-studded — and although the club would never say this publicly, almost every reliever they’ve assembled is far more valuable to them as a trade chip than a player in his own right.

Sadly, none of these questions have anything to do with the capital of Assyria….

 

QLE Posted: March 12, 2019 at 05:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, bullpens, clayton richard, david phelps, elvis luciano

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Even in bullpen age, several teams still built on starters

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Forget about this bullpen obsession for a moment. Believe it or not, plenty of big league teams are still anchored by well-armed rotations.

In this age of openers and closers, with relievers starting games and starters rarely finishing them, it might seem starting pitchers have been devalued by executives all over baseball.

Dallas Keuchel, the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner, is a 31-year-old free agent still looking for a job. Same for fellow lefty Gio Gonzalez, a two-time All-Star one season removed from going 15-9 with a 2.96 ERA in 201 innings.

Well, it isn’t really that much a surprise- roster limits being what they are, you’d have to be willing to use individual relievers far more heavily than anyone has been willing to do in many years to be able to completely ignore starters.

QLE Posted: February 16, 2019 at 06:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpens, pitching, starter usage

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Dave Dombrowski “happy” with Red Sox roster despite bullpen concerns

The Boston Red Sox don’t have a closer with spring training about to begin, but the architect of the team’s roster still feels pretty good about where things stand.

Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski didn’t add any marquee free agents to his roster over the winter, and he has yet to find a replacement for star closer Craig Kimbrel, who remains unsigned on the free agent market. However, Dombrowski is content with the group that will open the 2019 season.

“We are happy with where our roster is,” Dombrowski said Monday on NESN’s “Red Sox From Fort Myers” show. “We’re in a position where, basically, positonal player-wise we have the same club back. Starting pitching-wise we really have everybody back. Bullpen, of course, is the one area which will get a lot of discussion and I’m sure will be focused on by people. But we like a lot of our arms and a lot of our people out there. But basically the club is back—we know we should have a good club unless something happens where you get decimated by injury but you hope that never takes place. We have the foundation of having a good club, and I think they’ll be prepared to come back and battle and see if we can try to repeat.”

Mind you, given the team’s performance last year and given the fact that it feels like one can do rather well with a wandering hobo as a closer (ask the 2010 Giants), it’s hard not to believe that Dombrowski has a point.

QLE Posted: February 12, 2019 at 05:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpens, dave dombrowski, red sox

 

 

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