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First Pitch: The Pirates Need to Adjust How Frieri and Pimentel are Used

First Pitch: The Pirates Need to Adjust How Frieri and Pimentel are Used

The Pittsburgh Pirates have a problem with their bullpen. The problem isn't a lack of talent in the bullpen. Tony Watson has been one of the best relievers in baseball this year, and Mark Melancon isn't far behind him. Those two give the Pirates a great combo in the late innings. Jared Hughes has stepped up to have an impressive year. While he's not as good as his ERA, his xFIP of 3.76 currently ranks third on the team. Justin Wilson has struggled this year, but showed tonight why he's such a dangerous left-hander. Jeanmar Gomez hasn't been bad, with a 3.45 ERA / 4.01 xFIP. That combo lines up with his 2013 numbers.

The problem the Pirates have is the combo of Stolmy Pimentel and Ernesto Frieri.

I like both of these guys, and I like that the Pirates are giving them both a shot in the majors. Pimentel is out of options, which means they'd have to designate him for assignment if he wasn't in the majors. When he's on, he has an upper 90s fastball and a plus slider. The Pirates added...

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