Bullpen – the good
The bullpen stepped up big time in last Wednesday’s 3-2 win over Colorado. Picking up Archer after he could only go five innings which was partly due to food poisoning. Aside from that, the ‘pen collectively didn’t have to preserve a tight lead late, which they obviously had no control over.
Bullpen – the bad
Much like the starting pitching, Friday night brought out the worst in the bullpen, and, again, it all could have been avoided. To have Casey Saddler on the mound for four innings should never happen, and the Bucs got burned as a result.
The ‘pen struggled in the two games against Minnesota, allowing two big insurance runs Tuesday night and the go-ahead run Wednesday afternoon. Overall, there isn’t a lot negative to say about the bullpen. It’s a talented unit, and this week didn’t change that.