They lost the two most dependable relievers from last year: Clip and Stammen, so the pen took much of April to sort out new roles. Add to that the team’s bringing in 5 guys who had never thrown a pitch in the majors!
Last night, after Strass left the game after only 3 innings, the pen threw 6 shut-out innings. Sammy Solis efficiently breezed through 3 innings while allowing only one batter to reach base. Whatever pitch he throws seems to miss bats with regularity.
Thornton, Barrett and Treinen completed the game with no runners crossing home-plate. Thornton does seem to be having some command issues, but has still been pretty effective.
Drew Storen, since August of 2013, has simply been the BEST relief pitcher in the National League! See Boswell’s article in today’s POST.