The Bullpen Mafia is no more.
The once-strong bullpen for the Cleveland Indians has gone from one of the most reliable units in baseball to one of the worst.
At the forefront of the bullpen issues is right-hander Vinnie Pestano.
Others have had their struggles with performance or injuries, but the key member to the unit has always been Pestano. However, this season he has lost himself and has spent the last two months trying to regain his form and confidence.
Pestano, 28, is now 1-2 with a 4.71 ERA in 29 appearances. He has had tougher seasons in the minors due to injuries, but has never struggled with performance as much as this season. It has been a combination of mechanics, poor performance, a drop in quality, and injury.
For comparisons sake, check out his numbers over the last three years:YearERAWHIPH9HR9BB9K9K:BB20112.321.056.00.73.512.23.5020122.518.104.22.168.19.83.1720134.711.579.11.95.09.41.88
The numbers speak for themselves.
Everything from a performance perspective has s...