Bullpen failures abound

Nine teams have earned run averages north of 6.00

Updated: April 24, 2009, 3:22 PM ET
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

Nationals manager Manny Acta finally had seen enough. Normally stoic, amazingly stoic, he threw up his hands and got rid of half his bullpen, sending three relievers to the minor leagues (two were designated for assignment), saying he was "tired of watching ball one, ball two. And if these new guys can't do it, then we'll find some who can."

Who could blame him?

Last weekend, the Nationals became the first team in history to lose three games of a three-game series despite leading ...

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