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Three Situations the Pirates Bench, Bullpen Could Prove Crucial

Three Situations the Pirates Bench, Bullpen Could Prove Crucial

Gaby Sanchez's performance against lefties is dramatically better than Justin Morneau's. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Bench play and bullpen performance has had almost zero impact on the Pirates' 2013 postseason. That's because their three scores have gone 6-2, 9-1, 7-1 in October.

No team can count on blowouts throughout the playoffs, though. Eventually there will be late-game situations of impact, which will bring to the forefront the reserve players for the Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals.

If we knew what would specifically happen with the rest of this series, we would be in Las Vegas instead of PNC Park. That said, let's look at three potential situations where the Pirates' bench, bullpen and manager decisions could turn the series.
1. Gaby Sanchez or Justin Morneau vs. Lefty ...

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