Brewers at Diamondbacks on April 4, 2012
Photographer: Erisa Nakano
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Have you ever invested a considerable amount of time, effort, and emotion into a project only to watch it vanish before your eyes?
Well, watching the D-backs bullpen in April was sort of like forgetting to click “save” on a term paper before your computer crashes. Noooooo!
The latest example? Tuesday night. The D-backs bullpen coughed up a ninth inning lead for its ninth blown save this season – the most in the majors.
“We’ve used our pitching more than most teams,” Kirk Gibson said on Tuesday. “We haven’t been able to manage the bullpen like you’d like to.”
The D-backs skipper is talking about the vast number of close games (20 of 27 games so far this season have been decided by two runs or less). Plus, the current schedule has the D-backs playing out a stretch of 16 straight games.
Translation – workload has led to temporary overload. At least, Gibby-ball hopes this is the pitching equivalent of a batting slump.
“Different people are going to have to throw. I’m just going to have to be really alert to not pushing guys like JJ or anybody else on the staff at this point,” Gibson said. “We’re at May 1. Maybe in August it’s a little different.”
Speaking of JJ Putz, the D-backs closer has been tagged with four blown saves so far this season.
Might Putz have company as the last guy out of the bullpen? Gibson did mention other candidates to close, including: Heath Bell, David Hernandez, Matt Reynolds and even long reliever Josh Collmenter.
“I think it could vary," Gibson said.
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