MLB Discussion Thread, Part II: Yanks pay Ellsbury
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09-28-2013, 01:36 AM
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Detroit has had one of the worst bullpens this season. Red Sox, Dodgers and Rays are all middle of the road. All playoff bound. Sox own the best record in baseball.
Having a good bullpen is beneficial but it isn't everything.
Just watch. Getting through October is gonna require some great performances out of the pen. And I would say a good closer, or at least a hot one, isn't just beneficial, but required to win it all in most cases.
I guarantee you Detroit will not win the World Series, they don't have the pen. Matter of fact they shouldn't have been there last year but got handed a Yankees team that had gone corpse-cold in the ALCS.
The other teams you mentioned could however. Rodney and Uehara are unhittable if they're on a roll, and the Dodgers have the experience of Brian Wilson.
Now I'm not saying you necessarily need the best closer. I'm not picking Atlanta just because they have Kimbrel. But you need a good one and he needs to be on his game.
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