Glancing at the Fight for the NL Central, Part 3: Bullpens

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Oct 10, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Dusty Baker signals to the bullpen in the fifth inning against the San Francisco Giants in game four of the 2012 NLDS at Great American Ball Park. (Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports)

When looking at the bullpens of the St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds, there are many contrasts. The Cards had issues early on in the season, but have appeared to solidify the back end of games.

The Pirates bullpen has been among the best in all of baseball in practically every statistical category including the most innings pitched of any NL ‘pen.

The Reds bullpen has been shaky at times, maybe even more than the Cards, but can go on a roll as it did toward the end of the first half of the season.

Here’s the temperature of these ‘pens as we start the second half of the season this evening

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