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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Preview: The Bullpen

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Preview: The Bullpen

There's a debate this year about whether the Pittsburgh Pirates have a quality bullpen. Some argue that the bullpen is very talented, with a lot of hard throwers who have put up quality ratios throughout their careers. Others point out the question marks. They believe in the "Proven Closer" theory, which discounts anything Jason Grilli has done. They don't believe Mark Melancon will bounce back. They want the comfort of relievers with experience and results, rather than just talented relievers who aren't established yet in the majors.

The Pirates do have a talented bullpen heading into the year. Jason Grilli hasn't closed yet, but he was a dominant reliever the last two years. There's no reason to think that will change. Mark Melancon is coming off a down year, but all of the secondary numbers suggest that was bad luck. Guys like Justin Wilson and Chris Leroux don't have a lot of major league experience, but both have good stuff and strong ratios. And the big issue seems to be that ...

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