An Answer to the Bullpen Problem

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The Nationals bullpen has been less than perfect, to put it politely. On Friday night against Atlanta, a 4-0 lead evaporated into a 6-4 defeat*. In Cincinnati on April 6, a 5-1 lead disappeared before the Nationals managed to win in extra innings. Bad bullpens are frustrating, and they can sink a season very quickly.

Well, we have an answer. Score ten runs, and have your starting pitcher pitch nine innings. The Nationals relievers could’ve spent the entire night in The Clevelander, and it wouldn’t have mattered.

Also, play the Marlins, because they’re terrible. The bad news: Atlanta gets to play them too.

* The record should note that the day I criticized Davey Johnson for making his closer unavailable, the backup closer blew the save.

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