Cheap relief key for Bucs and Tribe
Winning on a budget is a lot easier when you know how to build a bullpen
While they're not among the best teams in baseball, you'd be hard-pressed to find Cleveland Indians or Pittsburgh Pirates fans who are disappointed with the way the season has gone so far. Neither club was expected to be a serious contender, yet now they both find themselves within striking distance of a trip to the playoffs.
Other than being rebuilding franchises, one thing they have in common is that they have put together inexpensive, overachieving bullpens that have done a lot to fuel their teams' playoff runs.
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