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First Pitch: The Bullpen, The Depth, and The Regression

First Pitch: The Bullpen, The Depth, and The Regression

I've spent most of the day working on finishing up the draft rankings with John Dreker. We will be writing up the draft rankings article tomorrow, and recording the rest of the draft podcast. All of that will go up on Tuesday as we prepare for the MLB Draft on Thursday. Because I spent most of the day working on those rankings, I'm going with a "thoughts" article tonight.

**How great was the bullpen tonight? Ten shutout innings was huge in keeping the Pirates in that game, and then keeping the game tied until the offense won. That's been the story all season. It's almost to the point in extra innings where you ask "when will the Pirates win this game?" You just ignore the fact that the other team could score a run, mostly because that has rarely happened for the Pirates' bullpen this year.

Ryan Reid could be a good addition to the bullpen with his heavy ground ball rate and high strikeout rate. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

**On the flip side of things, the extensive use of the ...

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