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Pitching Staff a Victim of Playstation Numbers

Pitching Staff a Victim of Playstation Numbers

Is the bullpen really bad, or is Hanrahan really good?

Watching Jose Veras closing out the ninth inning in yesterday's game gave me an all too familiar feeling.  It was the same feeling I got at times when Matt Capps was on the mound.  It was the same feeling that I got when Mike Williams was the closer for the Pirates.  Jose Mesa, Salomon Torres, and more recently, Octavio Dotel have all brought this feeling.  That feeling is that you're watching someone walking on a high wire, with no safety net below.

There is some debate over how good the bullpen actually is this year.  Jose Veras gets a lot of criticism.  Meanwhile, he's got a 3.49 ERA in 28.1 innings, with a 34:16 K/BB ratio.  The ERA isn't the best stat to use for relievers, and the walks are high, but it's hard to argue that ...

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