Issues in the Bullpen
Again, it’s no secret that the bullpen was horrible this year. Yes, it could have been worse, but after having dominant bullpens in both 2016 and 2017, the 2018 bullpen left everyone scratching their heads.
This season, the Indians bullpen had the third-worst ERA (4.60) in the American League, gave up the fourth-most earned runs (237) in the AL and surrendered the fifth-most home runs (78) in the AL. On numerous occasions, Francona left a starter in the game just a batter or two too long for fear that the bullpen would surrender the lead, only for that decision to come back and bite him.
Despite an outstanding season by Oliver Perez (1.39 ERA, 1.55 opponent avg., 0.74 WHIP), he, along with Adam Cimber, Cody Allen, Andrew Miller and Josh Tomlin, will be a free agent at season’s end.
Speaking of Tomlin, he had an abysmal season in the final year of his contract. After winning 13 games in 2016, Tomlin finished 2018 with a 2-5 record, a 6.14 ERA, giving up 25 home runs in just over 70 innings of work.
This bullpen will mostly likely have a new look come next season.
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