Bullpen: Then and Now | The Process Report

Bullpen: Then and Now

The Rays bullpen has been the target of many criticisms during this season. The relief pitchers had their struggles early on, blowing numerous late-inning leads and saves as the Rays struggled to climb out of fourth place in the division. More recently, the bullpen appears to have righted itself, as Jake McGee has rediscovered his dominance, Kyle Farnsworth continues to improve, and Alex Torres has provided a strong shot in the arm with his impressive efforts since being recalled.

Most feel the 2012 bullpen was dominant while the 2013 bullpen is inconsistent. The actual numbers show the actual gap between the two is much smaller than the perceived chasm.

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The struggles Fernando Rodney has had finding the strike zone show up here, but for the most part the two bodies of work are closer than not. As the starting rotation works to right itself from its unexpected struggles to work deep into games, the Rays will need their relievers to continue this run of success.



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