The Ain’t No Fang Podcast: Bullpen woes plague the Diamondbacks

May 18, 2022, 9:30 AM

Arizona Diamondbacks pitching coach Brent Strom has done wonders for the starting rotation.

The same cannot be said for the bullpen.

Entering Tuesday’s doubleheader, the D-backs bullpen had the third-worst ERA in Major League Baseball.

Things have been particularly bleak for their new closer Mark Melancon.

After leading the majors in saves in 2021, Melancon signed a two-year contract worth $14 million.

He entered Tuesday with an 8.49 ERA and a 2.14 WHIP.

Despite those numbers, he has converted on seven of his eight save opportunities.

Is it time to ask someone else to close games?

Is there anyone you trust more than Melancon?

Ian Kennedy has closing experience and has converted three saves this season.

Cody Fincher and Steve Zinsmeister discuss whether it is time to make an important change at the back end of the bullpen.


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