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Lugnuts Bullpen Key to Early Success

Carnline has yet to allow a run in nine innings

The Lugnuts offense is first in the Midwest League in average, in runs scored, in hits, and in stolen bases. Need to say more? The Lugnuts have jumped out to a 6-3 record early this season, and have scored ten runs three times, and seven runs or more in all six of their wins. However, gone unnoticed by some because of their offensive power, has been the pitching staff, and in particular their bullpen. Lansing leads the League in team ERA, and part of that is due to their outstanding relief core.

It has been very easy this season to look at the Lansing box score and notice that they scored ten runs. You look at Joey Metropoulos recording a hit each night, you look at Yuber Rodriguez with another stolen base, you look at Cory Patton driving in runs, and you forget to look at their pitching. Ken Joyce, the manager of the Lugnuts, made sure to spotlight his relief core as a reason...

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