I’ve spent enough time discussing the Cleveland Indians‘ curious approach to this past offseason. By now, everyone knows slashes were made to key areas of the roster, under the assumption the rotation could mitigate any side effects to this.
One of those areas was the bullpen. The Indians watched key relievers depart in free agency, making little effort to replace them. It wasn’t a leap to assume the 2019 campaign would start with its fair share of bullpen implosions.
That hasn’t happened yet.