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Don’t look now, but the Nationals bullpen hasn’t allowed a run in their last 16.2 innings pitched. This is a unit we targeted for much of the season, but for right now, they appear to have righted the ship. Their hard hit percentage over the last week is only 20.7 percent which ranks first and they have the best swinging strike percentage during this span as well at 14.2 percent.
Rangers reliever Jose Leclerc continues to struggle as he allowed three more earned runs on Tuesday night to raise his season ERA to 8.44. It remains to be seen if he will continue as a closer. As a unit, they have allowed four home runs over the last week and left-handed hitters are slugging .545 this season.
The Twins middle relievers continue to struggle as Adalberto Mejia is pitching to an 8.74 ERA and this group allowed five earned runs on Tuesday night.
The bullpen was only needed for one inning on Tuesday night, but the Red Sox have the worst walk percentage over the last week at 21.1 percent and an xFIP of 5.38 as well. Their hard hit percentage of 47.4 percent ranks 29th during this span.
The Mariners bullpen has had to pitch 25 innings over the last week and have allowed six home runs during this span which is the worst in baseball.