Last season the Milwaukee Brewers relied on their bullpen a lot — they were just one of four teams to use a reliever in every game of the 2016 season.
Four games into 2017, manager Craig Counsell has called upon his relievers often (an injury to Junior Guerra early the opener didn’t help). Milwaukee has racked up 17 2/3 innings from its bullpen in the early going.
The good news is the Brewers’ relievers have picked up right where they left off.
Since Sept. 11, 2016, Milwaukee has the fourth-best bullpen ERA in the major leagues, and the tops in the National League.