The New Leverage-Focused Approach to the Pirates Bullpen is Working Out So Far

The New Leverage-Focused Approach to the Pirates Bullpen is Working Out So Far

PITTSBURGH - Through two games, the Pirates' new bullpen alignment seems to be working pretty much perfectly.

Felipe Rivero came in with two outs in the eighth Sunday, collecting his second straight four-out save in the Pirates’ 3-1 win over the Miami Marlins.

Saturday, Daniel Hudson pitched a clean seventh, the Pirates went ahead in the bottom half of the inning and Juan Nicasio pitched two outs in the eighth before giving way to Rivero.

Sunday, Ivan Nova handed the bullpen a lead after six, Nicasio pitched the seventh and Hudson got the first two outs of the eighth.

Obviously, from a results standpoint, it has worked. The back end of the bullpen allowed just one run in six innings — a solo home run by Ichiro Suzuki off Hudson Sunday — Rivero converted two saves in two chances...

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