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Detroit Tigers: Bullpen Blanks Royals, Needs to Continue Sustained Success
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The Detroit Tigers bullpen has been one of the team's biggest Achilles heels all season.

The Tigers' pitching reserves have been plagued by injury and mediocrity all year, letting down a starting rotation—especially lately—that has been stellar.

In the last 10 games, Detroit's starters have surrendered just 19 earned runs in 57 innings. 

One would think that such glowing numbers would warrant at least eight or nine wins in that 10-game span, but because the bullpen didn't hold up their end of the bargain several times, the Tigers are just 6-4 in their last 10 games.

Detroit's offense was absent during a few of those games, turning in a largely inconsistent performance all season and bearing some blame in the equation, but when Tigers relief pitchers enter a game with a lead, the team should come away with a victory.

The Tigers bullpen entered Wednesday's game ranked 12th in the American League in ERA this season with a 3.81 clip and dead last in batting average against, giving up a .250 clip as a unit.

After the bullpen combined to give up only three hits in five innings shutting out the Kansas City Royals, the Tigers relievers moved up to ninth in ERA with a 3.77 mark.

If the Tigers can depend on their bullpen to perform exactly as it did in Wednesday's win, the last seven games of the year will be a lot easier.

Here are the five relievers who need to have a successful final week of the season: 

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