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Friday, August 31, 2007

Giants Bullpen Finally Performing

During the 2007, the Giants haven't given fans an abundance of things to get overjoyed about. Sure, there has been the emergence of Tim Lincecum as well as the historic Barry Bonds pursuit of 756 home runs to keep fans interested during the teams' 3rd straight losing season, but that's about it. However, they has played a lot better as of late, and a big part of the reason is because of their new closer, Brad Hennessey. The job that Hennessey has done has to have Brian Sabean and the Giants front office taking a breath of fresh air right now as it looks like they can cross closer off of their "to-do" list for 2008.

It's been a while (2004) since the Giants have had consistency in the bullpen, especially late relief, but they're getting it now. Friday nights save was Hennessey's 15th straight save without blowing one, something no other Giants closer has done since Robb Nen did it back in 2002. And it's not just Hennessey who's getting the job done. Brian Wilson and Steve Kline have both been flawless over the last couple of weeks. I mentioned a few posts back about how good of a job Wilson has done since his recall, and he looks like he's getting better with each outing. He's now gone 11 games without giving up a run and he's still allowing less than 1 base runner per inning. It's taken a while, but the Giants finally have structure in their bullpen and a late lead is a lot safer now than it has been for years.
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4 Comments:

  • At 8:59 PM, Anonymous sfgiantsfan25 said…

    I agree. Hennessey isn't flashy, but he's efficient.

     
  • At 11:59 AM, Blogger MatthewJohnson said…

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  • At 8:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It's a good thing to because there aren't any closers available as free agents after the year.

     
  • At 5:09 PM, Anonymous JBill said…

    Too bad Wilson blew the game today, he was on a nice roll.

     

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