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Do the Twins Overuse the Bullpen?




Hey Everyone,

I am not a frequent poster on this site, although I am very active on the Viking site, but I am a big Twins fan.

I would like to start a comment/discussion thread around a thought that has been nagging me for over a year. Does Baldelli overuse his bullpen? It seems he frequently takes a starter out after 4-5 inning, even when they are pitching well, and our bullpen innings start to rack up. According to FanGraph, in 2021, the Twins bullpen was 11th in IP, and correspondingly their starters were 21st, so it does seem as if bullpen usage is on the higher side of average, but not extreme.

I am interested in everyone's thoughts on this, and of course, I ask it after another late inning, blown lead