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Not-so-sweet relief

Posted at 10:35 AM on August 6, 2008 by Chris Dall

I know everyone is grumbling about the current state of the Twins bullpen, but if it makes you feel any better (probably not), there's an interesting post over at baseball musings describing how other bullpens fared last night. Not good, especially over in Detroit, where new guy Kyle Farnsworth gave up a game-tying home run, and the otherwise-steady Joel Zumaya gave up four runs in the 14th. So at least we're not alone in our misery.

This just seems to be the time of year when the innings start to catch up with bullpens. I guess that's the result of pitch counts and starters who can't go more than 6 innings. Also, relief pitchers are generally a crapshoot. I mean, most of them (except for the handful of top-notch closers and set-up guys) are relievers for one reason: they couldn't get guys out on a regular basis as starters. And when you have to use them every night, you see the type of results we've seen the last two nights in Seattle.

But it does make me happy that Gardy is open to using Nathan in the 8th. It might not have worked out last night, but right now he's the only one I have confidence in.

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