Last night’s game against the Red Sox reminded me that sometimes we expect more from the bullpen than we do from starting pitchers. Starter Aaron Sanchez left the game after having given up four runs in 5 2/3 innings of work. The Jays had a 5-4 lead at the time, but the Red Sox scored one in the eighth and one in the ninth to pick up the win.
At first glance, you might blame the bullpen for not holding the lead. But the bullpen did about as well as the starting pitching did, giving up two runs in 3 1/3 innings. It would be more accurate to say that the hitters stopped doing their jobs, as the Jays didn’t score after the fourth.