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Ranking Cleveland Indians’ Relievers Through the First Third of the Season

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Ranking Cleveland Indians' Relievers Through the First Third of the Season

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Not many people would've thought so, but the Tribe bullpen has been the best unit for the Indians so far this year. The back end of the pen has been a bit volatile, but it isn't a huge concern with a few relievers who can fill the void. Let's look at how each member of the bullpen has performed so far.

14. Vinnie Pestano

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14. Vinnie Pestano

Vinnie Pestano
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Although it was limited action, Terry Francona saw enough of Pestano to know that he simply doesn't have it. Whatever the problem is, Pestano is trying to return to his 2012 form down in triple-A.

2.2 IP, 13.50 ERA, 3.38 WHIP

13. Blake Wood

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13. Blake Wood

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It was surprising that Wood made the opening day roster, but it didn't last long. The young right-hander was sent down after the first three weeks of the season.

6.1 IP, 7.11 ERA, 1.74 WHIP

12. T.J. House

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12. T.J. House

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House's first major league appearance came as a reliever in mid-May, but he has since been sent down and then recalled to replace Zach McAllister in the rotation.

As reliever: 1.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP

11. Josh Tomlin

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11. Josh Tomlin

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Like House, Tomlin has only made one relief appearance all year, and it was an extra-inning game against the Tigers where the Tribe were out of regular relievers. Tomlin gave up the lead in the 13th inning, but the Tribe scored two in the bottom half of the inning to get the victory.

As reliever: 3.0 IP, 1 W, 3.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP

10. Mark Lowe

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10. Mark Lowe

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Lowe was just called up a week ago after signing a minor league deal with the Tribe in late March. Lowe has allowed a lot of base runners with the Indians, but he has managed to escape the majority of the time.

4.1 IP, 2.08 ERA, 2.31 WHIP

9. Kyle Crockett

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9. Kyle Crockett

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Crockett was called up a few weeks ago directly from double-A Akron, and he was the first player from the 2013 MLB draft to play in the major leagues. He performed pretty well but was sent down to triple-A in favor of Mark Lowe.

4.1 IP, 2.08 ERA, 1.15 WHIP

8. C.C. Lee

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8. C.C. Lee

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Lee was the first call-up to the majors after Pestano was sent down. Lee hasn't been all that good, and he has been sent back and forth between the big leagues and triple-A a few times this year.

11.1 IP, 4.76 ERA, 1.24 WHIP

7. Carlos Carrasco

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7. Carlos Carrasco

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Carrasco has seemed to embrace his long reliever role, as he has pitched much better in the bullpen than as a starter.

As reliever: 14.0 IP, 2.57 ERA, 1.14 WHIP

6. John Axford

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6. John Axford

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Axford got off to a nice start in 2014, but after three blown saves in one week, the right-hander was removed from his role as closer. He has pitched pretty well as a regular reliever, as the Tribe will look to make him the closer again when they see fit.

21.2 IP, 9 SV, 3.74 ERA, 1.62 WHIP

5. Marc Rzepczynski

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5. Marc Rzepczynski

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Rzepczynski is continuing the success he had last year with the Indians after being acquired from the Cardinals in the middle of the 2013 season. He is a very tough match-up for left-handed hitters, but he isn't limited to that role.

19.0 IP, 3 HLD, 3.32 ERA, 1.53 WHIP

4. Cody Allen

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4. Cody Allen

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Allen has been getting some save opportunities since Axford was removed from the role. He has performed admirably but was much more successful as the primary setup man.

21.1 IP, 8 HLD, 3.38 ERA, 1.45 WHIP

3. Josh Outman

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3. Josh Outman

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Outman has been a big surprise for the Tribe bullpen, providing the Indians with another reliable lefty. He has the most wins out of the bullpen which is a tribute to how well he has been pitching so far.

18.1 IP, 4 W, 2.45 ERA, 1.47 WHIP

2. Scott Atchison

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2. Scott Atchison

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The biggest surprise has been Atchison. The 38-year-old right-hander has pitched quite well for the Tribe. Francona has been relying heavily on the veteran, calling on him to pitch in the toughest of spots.

24.0 IP, 3 HLD, 1.50 ERA, 0.71 WHIP

1. Bryan Shaw

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1. Bryan Shaw

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Shaw has been the workhorse of the Tribe bullpen, having pitched the most innings of any reliever so far this year. Shaw has been receiving some of the save opportunities as well after Axford's demotion. It wouldn't be surprising at all to see Shaw representing the Indians in the All-Star Game in a few months.

24.2 IP, 7 HLD, 1.46 ERA, 0.87 WHIP