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Glue Guys: Ten Middle Relievers Who Are Successfully Bridging The Gap

Published by on April 28, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

Often times, the difference between a playoff team and a .500 team is how many games each wins and loses in the middle innings.

When the skipper lurches out of the dugout to relieve his starter, it's those six to nine outs to close out games that are the hardest to consistently secure. Playoff teams have guys who can bridge the gap from starter to closer, while average teams often find ways to let other squads back in the game.

Winning the last third of the baseball game is more important than any other singular performance trend across the 162—game season.

The evolution of the save statistic has placed a lot of emphasis and importance on the last th...

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