The Pirates Bullpen Could Dominate in 2017 and Beyond

Daniel Hudson and Felipe Rivero give the Pirates a dominant pair in the late innings. Photo Credit: Tim Williams
The Pirates Bullpen Could Dominate in 2017 and Beyond

BRADENTON, Fla. - The 2016 MLB playoffs saw some unique bullpen usage, especially with the Cleveland Indians eschewing traditional bullpen roles, and using their best relievers when they are needed. That approach is something that could theoretically help teams during the regular season, especially in situations where a game is at risk early, and the best reliever is being saved for the ninth inning, when a lead might not still exist. But don't expect the Pirates to go that route this year.

"There's more conversation externally out in the public than anywhere," Clint Hurdle said of whether the playoffs changed some views on bullpen usage. "When you have days off, like you do in the playoffs, it's a completely different dynamic. You're running out of games. That hour glass has been flipp...

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