Minnesota Twins: Bullpen Has Been a Strength

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Heading into the 2015 season the Minnesota Twins bullpen was thought to be a weakness. There was a lot of youth and inexperience. That youth and experience has been lights out as of late.

The Twins bullpen has pitched 11 straight scoreless innings. They currently sit 14th in baseball with a 3.59 earned run average.

The most impressive pitcher out of the pen has been, Aaron Thompson. Thompson, like Pelfrey has been a direct beneficiary of Ervin Santana‘s suspension. The lefty reliever has pitched 13.1 innings and given up just five hits. If the Twins are in a tough spot in the late innings, Paul Molitor is likely going to call on Thompson. The 28 year old reliever definitely has a bright future coming out of the pen.

Righty reliever, Casey Fien has been just as effective. In his last five innings pitched, Fien has given up just two hits. He currently has a 1.93 earned run average and appears to have found his groove.

Blaine Boyer got off to a very rough start. He gave up six earned runs in his first four appearances of the season. Since then, Boyer has pitched 8.2 scoreless innings and has been very effective. He has seen his ERA drop from 10.38 to just 3.86 in his past five appearances.

The leader of the Twins bullpen is veteran closer, Glen Perkins. Perkins has six saves and has given up just one run in nine innings pitched.

While the Twins starting pitching hasn’t been great. The bullpen has been better than expected. It’s still early, but, the Twins have to be impressed with how well their fairly inexperienced bullpen has performed through the first month of the season. The streak of scoreless innings is at 11. How much longer will it last?

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