The bullpen suffered a pretty rocky start to the season, but it's hard to argue they're the cause of Boston's current woes. When Franklin Morales, Scott Atchinson and Matt Albers combine for a 2.12 ERA, you know something's going right.
Once again, one has to understand Boston's doing the best with what they have. Closer Andrew Bailey started the season on the DL, and lefty specialist Rich Hill has been there for the majority of the season.
The 'pen is holding things together, and for the most part, they're getting through games unscathed.
If any player deserves some blame, it's Alfredo Aceves. However, despite his high ERA, he's converted 15 of 18 saves and his control looks better than ever—he's almost on pace for 100 strikeouts.
Despite some hiccups here and there, the bullpen has improved their play from the beginning of the season. If there's a problem with the pitching, it doesn't start here.