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Monday, November 25, 2019

MLB free agency: How post-Will Smith bullpen market looks for Giants

SAN FRANCISCO—The best reliever on the market came very close to being a Giant in 2020.

Will Smith told teams that he would sign the one-year qualifying offer and return to San Francisco if they did not come up with better offers, and he came pretty close to holding true to that statement. Ultimately the Atlanta Braves stepped in, giving Smith a three-year deal just before the deadline to accept the qualifying offer.

That move left the Giants with a massive hole in the ninth inning, but the bullpen issues go beyond the closer role.

The Giants had one of the National League’s best bullpens in the first half last season, but Sam Dyson, Mark Melancon and Drew Pomeranz were traded and Trevor Gott and Reyes Moronta got hurt. Of the six Giants who made at least 40 appearances out of the bullpen last year, only Gott and Tony Watson will be on the active roster on Opening Day.

Mind you, given that Will Smith basically came out of nowhere, is there a reason the Giants couldn’t do well just pulling in relievers from out of nowhere?

 

QLE Posted: November 25, 2019 at 04:22 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpens, free agency, giants, relievers are inherently fungible, will smith

Monday, November 18, 2019

A’s GM David Forst says bullpen improvement main priority for 2020

MLB’s hot stove season has been lukewarm, to say the least, especially when it comes to the A’s. But they need arm help, especially in the bullpen.

Last year’s reliever squad sang a different tune from what we heard in 2018. The A’s led all of MLB with 30 blown saves last season, and that’s something A’s general manager David Forst wants to make sure doesn’t happen again.

“We need to get better. We need to try and catch the Astros and get out of that one-game playoff,” Forst told MLB.com’s Martin Gallegos. “We have a number of things to do, but addressing the bullpen is definitely at the top of the list.”

The AL Wild Card has been a thorn in the A’s side in their last three playoff appearances. They’ve lost the wild-card game each time, including a 5-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in October.

Mind you, current events being what they are, it may be about to be easier for them to catch the Astros than they are acknowledging here…..

 

QLE Posted: November 18, 2019 at 12:25 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, bullpens

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Bullpens? More like blowpens as playoff relievers get rocked

Kyle Gibson kept hoping he’d someday pitch in October, take the mound in a big game when the whole sport was watching. Last week, he got that chance.

Summoned late at Yankee Stadium, the 31-year-old Minnesota right-hander entered the AL Division Series opener. The result — one inning, three runs on three walks, a hit and three stolen bases.

“First postseason opportunity, didn’t go how I thought it was going to go,” he said.

He’s not alone.

What are “Headlines I Would Never Have Expected The Associated Press To Run”, Art?

Right you are- select again!

 

QLE Posted: October 09, 2019 at 01:04 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpens, playoffs

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg in tow, the Nationals’ bullpen defies its reputation

LOS ANGELES — This bullpen, man. This damned bullpen in Washington D.C. is some collection of survivors and has-beens and can-bes and scar tissue and facial hair and thunderclap contact and breathtaking falls and Darwinian endurance and on two nights this week alone Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer, all stuck together with something that might be ear wax.

This bullpen is so gloriously self-aware, so defiantly willing, so exhausting, it really is a wonder, like a mutt with one eye sewn shut and both hips going and such bad breath, that’s been around so long you could hardly consider life without her.

And, yes, that’s right, three days after Strasburg followed Scherzer when the Nationals beat the Milwaukee Brewers to escape the wild-card round, Scherzer followed Strasburg when the Nationals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 4-2, on Friday night here to tie this National League Division Series at a game apiece, because at the end it can be ugly, it can be something slightly less than ugly, but it’s always something.

Two wins into a postseason that will require 12 of them, Strasburg and Scherzer have combined to get 45 of the 54 outs in those wins. That’s maybe not sustainable. It may also be their chance. And as long as the co-aces are game, and as long as the off days keep coming on schedule, and as long as the survivors and scar-tissued among them can be leveraged prudently, then keep ‘em coming. Game 3 is Sunday in D.C.

Does this mean that keeping your starters in the game as long as possible is the new market inefficiency?

 

QLE Posted: October 06, 2019 at 12:20 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpens, max scherzer, nationals, playoffs, stephen strasburg

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

 

 

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