Originally written on The Majors Detroit  |  Last updated 4/10/13
The Tigers bullpen has been awful so far this year. So awful, that it has cost the Tigers two wins so far. The bad news is that there isn’t help on the way. Trades for bullpen pitchers don’t happen before the middle of May, and the free agent market is bare of guys that can help you quickly. The farm system isn’t full of exciting prospects either. This may be a long year in the D if the bullpen can’t get it figured out. They have been bad to the naked eye, and the statistics are even worse. A 6.66 era, almost a walk per inning, and over a base runner and a half per inning.  There is no way to sugar coat it, these guys have been just awful this year. Pitcher Options ERA G SV SVO IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP RHP Al Alburquerque Yes 0.00 4 0 0 2.1 2 0 0 0 2 3 1.71 LHP Darin Downs Yes 3.18 4 0 0 5.2 2 2 2 0 3 9 0.88 LHP Drew Smyly Yes 3.00 3 1 1 6.0 4 2 2 0 3 6 1.17 RHP Joaqui...
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