Originally Posted by WilsonValdez
No, he is completely right. The bullpen is BAD. Papelbon is a great closer...but you have to get it to him. You're telling me that Chad Qualls is your stopper guy? Who else is reliable? Stutes (no), bastardo (no), Contreras (no)?
I didn't mention this at first, since hitting is far and away their biggest problem, but the pen is also a glaring weakness.
Stutes and Bastardo were about as automatic as they come for the better part of last season. To write them off as unreliable at this point is a bit silly. I think Bastardo can be a very reliable left specialist and Qualls/Stutes will be more than adequate in the 6th/7th inning. That still leaves a hole in the 8th inning there. Either someone needs to step up or we pray that one of the Lehigh arms emerges