Even though the bullpen for the Pittsburgh Pirates has been phenomenal so far this season, they certainly are not invincible. Too many relievers have suffered injuries or have been placed on the 15-day disabled list. For that reason, the Pirates have been forced to call up two arms to help improve the bullpen.
Right-hander Jared Hughes already appeared in 13 games this season in which he posted a 1-2 record with a 4.61 earned run average, 13 strikeouts and three holds in 13 2/3 innings. He was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on May 3 after he struggled to keep runners off base and runs off the scoreboard. The Pirates knew they would call him up at some point later this summer, but they did not think it would happen so soon.
Right-hander Ryan Reid will make his Major League Baseball debut whenever he makes an appearance out of the bullpen in the ensuing days. The 28-year-old has spent time in the minors since 2006 in which he has pitched at every level. He went 6-1 with an outstanding 0.52 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 20 appearances for Triple-A Indianapolis this season. There is no question the Pirates are excited to see what Reid can accomplish in the big leagues after his successful run in the minors.
Pittsburgh’s bullpen has been unbelievable in 2013 as they rank first in the majors with a 2.67 ERA, 15 wins, 24 saves and a .210 opponent’s batting average. They also rank first in the National League with 189 strikeouts and 206 innings pitched.
The reason for the reinforcements is because the bullpen has been taxed recently. As if the injuries were not enough, the Pirates have been using their relievers at a rapid pace. In fact, five relief pitchers have combined for 10 scoreless innings this past week.
Hopefully, Hughes and Reid can help continue the bullpen dominance.