Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

The bullpen is going to get revamped soon, according to GM Mark Shapiro:

Changes are coming. Injured right-hander Rafael Betancourt will most likely be activated from the 15-day disabled list sometime in the next week, and Shapiro said Thursday that other internal changes are being strongly considered.

"We've spent a lot of time in discussions, not just over the last 24 hours but probably the last three or four days," Shapiro said. "If we feel we can make a move that's going to help this team, we're going to do it. We're considering all moves, from changes in roles to changes in personnel in our bullpen."

The most obvious move to me is to swap Graves with Karsay, moving Steve into an eighth inning role, which would push everyone else down an inning. Rafael Betancourt isn't that far away from returning, so he'll help. There's other interesting options in the minors as well, like Ed Mujica, Andrew Brown, and Rafael Perez.

But the run prevention problems aren't caused entirely by the bullpen; when starters aren't able to go six or seven innings, they make the underbelly of the bullpen pitch with the game on the line. Last season, with a deep and effective bullpen, the Indians could win games when their starters went the "five and fly" route. This season, it's much more problematic if the bullpen has to pitch three or four innings.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Let's Go Tribe

You must be a member of Let's Go Tribe to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Let's Go Tribe. You should read them.

Join Let's Go Tribe

You must be a member of Let's Go Tribe to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Let's Go Tribe. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker