Just playing around tonight with some of the stats since the trade of Kearns and Lopez for the relief pitchers net...

Average runs per game before the trade 5.04
Average runs per game after the trade 4.45

Average runs allowed before the trade 5.20
Average runs allowed after the trade 4.18

It appears we lost .59 runs per game and are giving up 1.02 runs less. Mission accomplished.

The offense has suffered, though. I guess the tradeoff, with an 8-3 record, has been worth it.

Small sample size, of course.