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The Bullpen Gets Me Down

I haven't followed the team that closely this year, and the bullpen statistics posted on AN actually look pretty good, but I'm hoping you can give me some encouragement regarding the A's bullpen. I know relievers give up runs just like starters do, but some of these guys (Gregerson and Johnson especially) look like they're aiming for the middle of the plate. When is it going to get better, and why? Are arms coming? Looking at less than 2 months of baseball, I count 9 games in which the A's bullpen failed late:

March 31, give us 2 in 9th, Lose 2-0

April 2, give up 3 in 9th, Lose 6-4

April 16, give up 1 in 9th, Lose 5-4 in 12

April 21, give up 1 in 8th, Lose 4-3

April 22, give up 2 in 9th, Lose 5-4

April 26, give up 4 in 8th, Lose 7-6

May 7, give up 1 in 8th, Lose 6-4 in 10

May 14, give up 3 in 8th, Lose 4-2

May 22, give up 4 in 11th, Lose 5-2

That's an awful lot of late inning fail. Am I not understanding sophisticated statistics, or would a kind of so-so late inning bullpen have the A's with something like an 8 game lead right now?

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