Originally posted on Did The Tribe Win Last Night?  |  Last updated 6/16/14
The new-age statisticians have to love how Indians manager Terry Francona is slowly moving toward using his bullpen. And while bullpen-by-committees have normally not been successful in Major League Baseball over the last 25 years, the Indians have made their bullpen work well for the last five weeks. Since John Axford was removed of the closer’s role on May 9, the Indians have been labeled a bullpen-by-committee. It’s probably not the truest sense of a committee, but the traditional roles—where pitchers have an assigned late inning role or specific inning to pitch—has gone by the wayside, too. Their bullpen has turned into a bit of a hybrid, between traditional roles and new-age sabremetrics thinking. The four relievers securing wins for the Tribe have been so strong they need a nickname. But then again, guys without much of a defined role are hard to give a moniker. While he hasn’t been named the closer, Cody Allen is the pitcher Francona would like to have pitching the ninth inning.
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