Monday, May 4, 2015

Meet the unheralded members of the Yankees’ bullpen

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By now, every Yankees fan knows the names Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances. Betances flourished in a set-up role last season in front of David Robertson, and was expected to close this year until his spring struggles led manager Joe Girardi to go with Miller instead. Miller has been spectacular with a 23:6 K:BB ratio and 10 saves in 13 1/3 innings. Neither Betances nor Miller has allowed an earned run in 28 combined innings.

Those two have played a huge part in a bullpen that ranks third in MLB with a 1.68 ERA while throwing the third-most innings in baseball. The Yankees have been able to shorten games in an attempt to cover up for a shaky starting rotation, and it’s not thanks to just Betances and Miller. The rest of the Yankees bullpen has proven solid as well, and it's time they get some credit as well.

David Carpenter, RHP; Justin Wilson, LHP

Carpenter and Wilson tend to handle the seventh inning for the Yankees, mostly depending on whether left-handed hitters or right-handers are due up. Wilson has proven to be more of the specialist, as he averages slightly less than two outs per appearance (13 appearances, 8 1/3 innings), while Carpenter is more often used for an inning at a time (10 appearances, 9 2/3 innings). Both have allowed just three earned runs through the first month.

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