Did a little math tonight and what I feared was true. Out of the ten or so men who have pitched in relief for the Reds, only Partch, Broxton, Lecure, and maybe Chapman have pitched satisfactory. In 94+ innings, the bullpen has allowed 102 hits, 60 earned runs, have walked 57 (nearly one per inning) and struck out 90, They've allowed 15 home runs in what amounts to 10 games. ERA is nearly 6. The injuries count, but the front office has dropped the ball on the bullpen, which is horrendous.
The honor roll includes Ondrusek (5.56), Hoover (8.56), Marshall (12.15), and Bell (67.50). Bell is gone and I didn't include Christiani at 5.54, but you get the point. The pen didn't cost us tonight's game, but it sure made it difficult to catch up. Of course when you only score a lone run, you have to have a great start, and Homer was off. Yep, the offense is horrible and the bullpen is horrible. It's no wonder the Reds are 3 under and continue to fall farther behind in the standings. It's going to be a long season.