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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) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: bullpens, pitching, starter usage

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