So that is how it feels

when your bullpen lets you down again and again. Hinch is being crucified for going to his closer Ken Giles yesterday and watching him implode once again. Dodger fans are quite used to watching the bullpen pieces that you watched be successful all season falter in October so we can empathize with Houston fans while being giddy it is them not us this time.

The Houston bullpen, the ones who helped Houston win over 100 games have been ineffective in October. The reason they are in the World Series and tied at two games are because of the starters who are pitching out of the bullpen. Brad Peacock, Lance McCullers, and Musgrove.  During the year Lance McCullers made 22 starts in 22 games but it was his performance in relief that helped defeat the NYY in deciding game seven. Brad Peacock made 21 starts out of 34 games during the regular season but it was his relief performance in game three on Friday that helped Houston take that game.  Even Joe Musgrave who gave up the three-run home run to Joc made fifteen starts during the regular season.

The heart of the Houston bullpen, Ken Giles, Chris Devinski, Luke Gregerson, and Will Harris were excellent during the regular season but have lost the confidence of their manager after repeated failures in the postseason. Still, at some point, you still have to use them, and that is what Hince did last night.

Their ALCS stats:

                        Play Play Play Play Play Play  Play
Name                 G   ERA   IP    H   ER   BB   SO  WHIP
Ken Giles            3  9.00  3.0    5    3    3    5 2.667
Will Harris          2  6.75  1.1    2    1    1    1 2.250
Francisco Liriano    1  0.00  1.0    0    0    1    1 1.000
Chris Devenski       2 13.50  0.2    1    1    2    0 4.500
Luke Gregerson       1  0.00  0.2    0    0    1    0 1.500
Joe Musgrove         1 27.00  0.2    2    2    0    0 3.000
Totals              21  3.30 60.0   45   22   19   70 1.067

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/29/2017.

Their ALDS stats:

                        Play Play Play Play Play Play  Play
Name                 G   ERA   IP    H   ER   BB   SO  WHIP
Ken Giles            2  6.00  3.0    3    2    0    2 1.000
Chris Devenski       3 11.57  2.1    4    3    0    3 1.714
Luke Gregerson       2  0.00  2.0    1    0    0    3 0.500
Joe Musgrove         2  4.50  2.0    1    1    0    1 0.500
Will Harris          1  0.00  0.2    2    0    0    0 3.000
Francisco Liriano    2 13.50  0.2    2    1    0    0 3.000
Totals              18  4.63 35.0   39   18   12   33 1.457

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/29/2017.

Dodger fans can only be thankful that the bullpen has had one bad game out of twelve in this postseason.

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