Originally posted on Brewers Bar  |  Last updated 6/25/12
For the eleventh time this season and sixth time in June, the Milwaukee Brewers bullpen blew a save opportunity on Saturday night. The next day in a tense scoreless affair, reliever Manny Parra allowed the game's only run in the tenth inning, sending the team to a series loss to the White Sox. The Milwaukee relief corp now leads the major leagues with a staggering 17 losses, and its ERA is third-worst. Lately the bullpen has been so bad that it's squandered both the rotation's and lineup's improvements, and is perhaps the main reason why the 33-40 Brewers cannot shed the "underachieving" label at 7.5 games back. Many doubt that this team can even make a run at .500 with this staff of relievers. Is it time for trades? Maybe not yet—at this point, most every team is too far from the trade deadline and/or too close to contention to become sellers, so we don't have a very good idea of the market yet. Come July 31st, relievers are always some of the hottest commodities, a...
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