Detroit Tigers: Bullpen is still the Biggest Concern for the Playoffs

Sep 24, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit (53) and catcher Alex Avila (13) celebrate after beating the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Tigers won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Tigers have the best team batting average and starting pitching in all of Baseball, there only concern heading into the playoffs is their bullpen.  After 157 games, 1 trade, and bringing back Jose Valverde the only thing the Detroit Tigers have resolved about their bullpen is the closer position.  Moving Benoit to the closer position has worked out, this has been the best decision Jim Leyland has made this year.  However every other move Dave Dombrowski and Jim Leyland have made this year to fix the bullpen have failed miserably.

Jose Veras has been a disappointment, so has Phil Coke, and Al Alburquerque has been up and down.  This is the type of situation that should have been settled by now.  I thought it was when they traded Danry Vasquez for Jose Veras, at first he was but after his first couple of relief appearances he has been awful.  They have Drew Smyly to handle left handed batters, and if Rondon is healthy going into the playoffs he can handle the eighth inning.  The starters, who by the way are being stretched out by opposing batters, should not feel like they have to go 8 or 9 innings to win games.  This is the type of problem that causes teams to lose in the playoffs.

Topics: Bullpen, Detroit Tigers

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