Commentary

Cheap relief key for Bucs and Tribe

Winning on a budget is a lot easier when you know how to build a bullpen

Updated: July 26, 2011, 1:01 PM ET
By Dan Szymborski | Baseball Think Factory
Joel HanrahanCharles LeClaire/US PresswireJoel Hanrahan has been one of the best relievers in baseball, and barely makes more than $1 million.

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.