Could Arizona Diamondbacks Have Best Bullpen in NL This Season?

Jennifer Stewart-USA Today Sports

The Arizona Diamondbacks feature a bullpen that could be the best in the National League this season. The Diamondbacks were ranked last season as having the 6th best bullpen as indicated by their 3.28 ERA to go along with a 1.24 WHIP. The Diamondbacks made some additions in the off season to their bullpen with the acquisition of Heath Bell. They acquired Bell by orchestrating a three-way trade with the Oakland Athletics and Miami Marlins. There was one area of the bullpen that the Diamondbacks needed assistance in, and this was the ability to get left handed hitters out on a consistent basis. They acquired two left handed pitchers in Matt Reynolds and Tony Sipp to solve this problem.

The Diamondbacks have three pitchers who pitched great from their bullpen last season. One of these pitchers that went under the radar because of his unique throwing delivery was pitcher Brad Ziegler. Ziegler set a MLB record for having the highest ground ball rate of 75.5%, and he also had the lowest fly ball rate of 7.5%. This makes Ziegler a valuable reliever to any bullpen, and he also induced 21 double plays last season in just 68 innings.

Arizona also has two other pitchers that can get opposing batters out by striking them out. These two pitchers would be J.J Putz and David Hernandez by combining for a total of 163 strikeouts. When you take into account the additions they made with the players they already had in their bullpen, the Diamondbacks can have the best bullpen in the NL this season with the possibility of having three or four pitchers close a game on any day.

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