10 Most Unreliable, Game-Blowing Relief Pitchers in MLB Playoff History

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10 Most Unreliable, Game-Blowing Relief Pitchers in MLB Playoff History
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With only three days of play thus far in the 2012 MLB playoffs, fans have witnessed some horrific and embarrassing relief performances already.

Saturday night's matchup between the San Francisco Giants and Cincinnati Reds saw two less-than-memorable relief performances. Giants reliever Santiago Casilla unleashed a wild pitch that put Xavier Paul on third base. The very next pitch saw Casilla throw a high-inside pitch that Buster Posey couldn't handle, scoring Paul with an all-important insurance run.

Casilla gave up two runs on three hits in an inning where the Giants desperately needed a shut-down performance.

Reds closer Aroldis Chapman certainly made things interesting in the bottom of the ninth as well. In a non-save situation, Chapman unleashed two wild pitches and two walks, allowing a run to score and finally retiring the potential tying run with a game-ending strikeout of catcher Buster Posey.

The Oakland Athletics let Game 2 slip from their fingers with bad efforts from the bullpen as well. The trio of Sean Doolittle, Ryan Cook and Grant Balfour gave up four runs in 2.2 innings, with Balfour surrendering the winning run on a sacrifice fly by Don Kelly.

Ryan Cook was given a 4-3 lead in the eighth inning, but his wild pitch to Alex Avila allowed Don Kelly to score the tying run.

It's still early in these playoffs, and some of the above pitchers may have a chance to redeem themselves. Unfortunately for pitchers in past playoffs, they can't be afforded the same opportunity, and their embarrassing playoff performances are forever etched in history.

Here are 10 of the worst game-blowing relief pitchers in MLB playoff history.

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