Originally posted on Burning River Baseball  |  Last updated 7/6/13
The Indians bullpen has been it's greatest asset for at least the last three seasons and for most of the years since 2005. There has been some transition among players over the years, but the current incarnation of the relief corp or "Bullpen Mafia" started in 2011 with the rookie year of Vinnie Pestano, the moniker being named mostly after him and Justin Germano. Since then, Joe Smith and Pestano have essentially become the greatest duel set-up men in team history, making three of the top ten single season hold records in the past two seasons. Chris Perez joins them as the final member of the trio, and has in the past three years become one of the greatest closers in Indians history. Despite fantastic results in each of the past two years, the statistics have dropped off in 2013 (even though the wins have not slowed down). Nine times in 2011 the trio (Pestano, Smith and Perez) pitched in a game together that culminated in Perez getting a save. After learning the winning combina...
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