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Mound Visit: The bullpen’s core competencies ☕


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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- It was not a great weekend for the Pirates' bullpen.

Sure, they performed admirably on Friday as part of a much-needed win. But over the next two nights ... not so much.

As we start to turn our attention toward 2020, let's take a moment to look at each of the Pirates' current relief stalwarts -- those who are virtual (and mortal) locks to be heard from in 2020 and focus on what they do well. By narrowing our look at their core competencies, perhaps we can better gauge their abilities for next year's club and beyond.

We'll start with the obvious.

Felipe Vazquez

Regardless of which side of the "trade him" fence you reside on, none can possibly doubt that something about this year's version of The Nightmare feels different. It appears as if his entire arsenal is clicking at the same time.  As he does nearly everything well, let's focus on what he's done differently year-over-year.

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