3. Can the Pen Give Any Support?
The Indians bullpen continues to be the worst in all of baseball, and Thursday night they threw 1.2 innings, and things seemed to be going well – till a returning Tyler Olson came in.
Granted against the Yankees pen a two-run deficit might as well be like being down 10, but Olson, making his return to the mound after being on the DL, allowed a solo homer to Brett Gardner, pushing the NY lead to 7-4.
Oliver Perez, Neil Ramirez, Olson and Zach McAllister ended up combining for 1.2 innings, allowing the one run on one hit with no walks and two K’s.
Terry Francona said after the game that he wasn’t afraid to go to the pen and wasn’t keeping the starters out there any longer based on how bad the pen has been, but it’s got to be in the back of his mind on how awful this unit has been.
It’s not a secret this team is on the lookout for one if now two arms to come in and give the pen some help as the trade deadline approaches.
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