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The Braves need Eric O'Flaherty to start pitching well again.
One of the keys to the Braves' success last year was that they had three guys at the back of their bullpen that were dominant.
The bullpen had long been a problem for Atlanta. Though it had improved in recent years, last season it was arguably the best in all of baseball, as it featured three guys that could come in and shut down any team.
Eric O'Flaherty emerged last year as the third shutdown pitcher in what was a breakout season. O'Flaherty posted a 0.98 ERA over 78 games and was expected to pitch well again this year since he entered 2012 at just 28 years old.
O'Flaherty hasn't been that same pitcher this year, however. Headed into today, he had a 4.91 ERA in eight games, and that was before giving up three runs and the lead against the Phillies tonight.
For the Braves to keep ahead of the Phillies, they need O'Flaherty to start pitching well again.