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Another day of the draft finished up today, with rounds 3-10 taking place on Friday. Couldn’t keep up with all of the picks? They can be found in one convenient location here.
Houston's bullpen has blown some saves, yet they are still really great.
Of the eight teams to post such numbers, six made the playoffs (although, interestingly, none of them won the World Series). The two that did not (San Diego and Tampa Bay) both still won 90 games. 3.20 is an admittedly arbitrary cutoff, but the message remains: While a good bullpen cannot by itself carry a team to the playoffs, an elite one can at least point them in the right direction. The Astros probably will not continue to strike out almost five times as many batters as they walk; they should, however, meet the 3.20 threshold.
Additionally, the rest of the roster seems to be rounding into form. The team has won 12 of its past 16 games, and the offense appears to be heating up. With more than half a season of baseball still to be played, Houston has plenty of time to make a push for the playoffs. That surge will likely be aided by a bullpen that has been one of the league's weirdest thus far, striking out batters at an historic rate but giving up leads at key times. While the blown saves have accumulated rather quickly, better forms of evaluation say that the Houston bullpen has been - and should continue to be - elite this season.
With some time to look back, here are the winners from day one of the daft.
The White Sox made another move, calling up prospect Tim Anderson and designating Jimmy Rollins for assignment.
The MLB dropped the hammer on both Yordano Ventura and Manny Machado for their actions.
Matt Harvey pitched well last night; he’s feeling good about his progress, but there is still work to be done.
Here is a roundup of news from around the National League East.
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