Hearing everyone talking about the bullpen and comments along the line of "...even I could hit of that guy", is part of the problem mental?
While I am sure that mentally, our bullpen has got to be pretty exhausted by now, I wonder how other teams see our bullpen.
Take the Yankees and Mariano Rivera. Most fans felt that the game was over once it got to Rivera, and I am sure other teams had to have that same feeling. It really wasnt until the Red Sox got to him back in 2004 that he started to appear human. Once the Sox believed they could hit off him, they started finding ways to do so.
Flash back to our bullpen. While no one except Coffey has had a strong year, it cannot help the cause that other teams have to see our bullpen as a batting tee. There is a part of this game that is very phsycological, and the way other teams view our bullpen cant help.
Obviously, we dont have a great 'pen, but I have to think that a big part of the struggles this year will be that until someone starts getting hitters out, or we bring up young arms from the minors that hitters are less familiar with, hitters will feel good about facing the pen. I imagine they feel that if they just get past the starters, then its time to play home run derby. So not only does our bullpen suck lately, but the hitters they face must just be dripping with eagerness and confidence.