The Pirates bullpen continued to be a strength for Pittsburgh again during the 2012 season. The 2011 bullpen finished with a 3.76 ERA, and were even better this year. The 'pen finished with a combined 3.36 ERA -- which finished ranked seventh in the National League (11th in the Majors). In the first half of the season, the relievers sported an impressive 2.59 mark. That number went up to 3.89 in the second half of the year.
Closer Joel Hanrahan was able to put together a second straight successful season as the Pirates closer. Jason Grilli came back for a second year and showed the emergence of the club's eighth inning man while posting solid strikeout numbers. Tony Watson spent the majority of the season as the lone lefty in the bullpen, but pitched well in his sophomore year. The Pirates saw short samples of rookies Bryan Morris and Justin Wilson in relief, who could help the club in the near future.
Hanrahan was named to his second straight All-Star ...