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Examining the Astros overtaxed bullpen situation

To say the Astros pitching staff has underperformed recently would be putting things mildly. Much has been said and written about the starting rotation’s woes, as the Astros are in clear need of another reliable starting pitcher.

But the bullpen, once a clear strength, has taken its lumps lately as well. Part of that can be traced to the rotation, as an increasing number of short, poor starts has put more strain on the pen. A couple of long outings by Cy Sneed have helped, but the guys in the bullpen are a little overtaxed right now.