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Braves stacked in back of bullpen, but so are Nats
ATLANTA | The three power arms at the back end of Atlanta’s bullpen are garnering a lot of attention.
“Braves sport best back-end bullpen in the bigs,” one national outlet’s headline read Monday morning.
“You don’t want to be in a position where they’re able to use those guys,” Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said of the Braves’ trio. “You want to be ahead of them so they’re not using those guys, and that’s the way clubs are against us. They don’t want to be facing Clippard and Storen so the way you don’t face Clippard and Storen is to be ahead of us.”
The Braves’ threesome entered Tuesday night’s series opener, won by Washington, with a combined ERA of 1.23.
“You know you’re always going to see some cheddar when those guys come out of the bullpen,” Storen said.
That might be a reason why they’ve gotten much more press than the Nationals’ group. Being thrust into more game-on-the-line situations helps, too. As does the fact that, Storen pointed out, “They just have great stuff.”
But it doesn’t make them any more effective than the Nationals’ trio has been.
“We joke with a lot of the guys on the team that we’re the offensive linemen of baseball,” Clippard said. “We’re very unrecognizable. But the guys in the clubhouse that we’re with every single day, I think they realize the contributions that we’re making and that’s really all we care about.”
Atlanta’s pitching staff entered Tuesday with a minuscule 2.85 ERA, a mark Riggleman called “unheard of in today’s world.”
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