American League Central

Cleveland's bullpen blues keeping AL Central in play

Two years ago, the Cleveland bullpen led the way when the Indians overcame significant injuries in their starting rotation and won the American League pennant.

Now, the fickle nature of relief pitching is holding the AL Central favorites back.

After Sunday night's 3-1 loss at Houston, Cleveland's relievers are 3-11 with an AL-worst 5.72 ERA. It has been a precipitous drop for a team that had the best bullpen ERA in all of baseball while storming to 102 wins a season ago. In fact, the Indians ranked in the top seven in that category every year from 2014-2017.

In 2016, Cleveland reliever Andrew Miller was the MVP of the AL Championship Series against Toronto. In...