It's not a secret -- the Tigers have serious issues with their bullpen. This week saw meltdowns from just about every key reliever other than Jose Valverde, and left Tigers fans hoping that Bruce Rondon -- a name they had probably never heard until this summer -- can save the day.
Valverde is never going to be Mariano Rivera and he's most likely never going to have another perfect season like he did in 2011, but he's been doing his job fairly well since the All-Star break.
In the meantime, the rest of the bullpen has fallen apart. Joaquin Benoit has given up seven homers in 10 13 innings since the break, good for a 7.84 ERA, while Phil Coke has allowed 16 hits and five walks in nine innings.
Even Brayan Villarreal, who had been lights-out for a month, has suddenly lost his command in the last few days and gotten pounded when he has to throw a 93-mph fastball just to get something over the plate. He's now being checked for a possible elbow injury.
Rondon, like a new Joel Zumaya,...