Marlins gain confidence in new-look 'pen
The National League East is loaded with dangerous left-handed hitters, from Chase Utley and Ryan Howard to Brian McCann and Jason Heyward, and as the Florida Marlins played late innings early last season, they often had to use right-handed relievers to try to combat those sluggers.
"It really hurt us at the beginning of last year," said Randy St. Claire, pitching coach for the Marlins. "We were putting guys out there and hoping -- guys who didn't have a proven track record against left-handed hitters. It puts you in a bad predicament, because you're really searching."
The Marlins' search for a complete bullpen -- for a deep bullpen -- may be over. "This way, we know what we've got," St. Claire said Saturday.
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