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Astros' bullpen more reliable holding leads

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ARLINGTON -- Through 10 games, the Astros' bullpen has been a bright spot, though the numbers certainly don't support it. Houston began play Friday with a 6.55 ERA from its relievers, but the Astros were 3-for-3 in save opportunities.

The Astros tied for the Major League lead in blown saves last year, but the addition of veterans Matt Albers, Anthony Bass and Chad Qualls has enabled them to save leads so far in 2014. The majority of the runs the bullpen has given up have come in games that have been out of hand, one way or another.

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ARLINGTON -- Through 10 games, the Astros' bullpen has been a bright spot, though the numbers certainly don't support it. Houston began play Friday with a 6.55 ERA from its relievers, but the Astros were 3-for-3 in save opportunities.

The Astros tied for the Major League lead in blown saves last year, but the addition of veterans Matt Albers, Anthony Bass and Chad Qualls has enabled them to save leads so far in 2014. The majority of the runs the bullpen has given up have come in games that have been out of hand, one way or another.

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"I do think when we have leads, the bullpen is a lot more reliable than last year, and that's huge," general manager Jeff Luhnow said.

Astros catcher Jason Castro said the veterans in the bullpen, and even the younger pitchers who got experience last year, have a better idea how to attack hitters.

"They understand themselves and they know what they're trying to do, and it's a good feeling," he said. "You have confidence that when they're out on the mound, they're locked into not only who's up, but what the situation is and who's coming up behind them and what they need to do to get out of it. It's a nice thing they bring to the table."

Brian McTaggart is reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter.

 

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