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Fate of The Franchise: Looking Ahead to The 2010 San Francisco Giants Bullpen

As the San Francisco Giants found out last year, the bullpen can be just as important as the starting rotation. While the starters compile most of the pretty stats, like wins, innings, strikeouts, and so forth, relievers handle much higher pressure situations, as well as the nitty-gritty stats like holds and saves.

In 2008 the Giants relievers tied for the second-worst ERA (4.45) in the National League, behind Pittsburgh and tied with San Diego. They also gave up the worst slugging percentage (.426), second worst OPS (.776), and third worst WHIP (1.47). Worst of all, they tied for third with 15 wins lost, showing a lack of ability to hold a lead once they entered the ballgame.

Going into the offseason, Brian Sabean stressed the bullpen as the most important part of the tea...

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