I am really starting to like the evolving Aeros bullpen. Instead of being chuck full of starters-turned-relievers, it has taken on a better shape with more defined roles that fit the individual players better.
The addition of side-arming right-hander Randy Newsom from high Class-A Kinston has already shown to be a plus in the few days he's been with the team - as he pitched well again in tonight's 13-6 win over visiting Bowie. In 11 games with the K-Tribe, the Cincinnati native was 0-1 with a 1.50 ERA in 11 appearances.
Lefty Rich Rundles, who looks like a sidearmer but who really throws from three quarters, has also been a plus since arriving from extended spring training 10 days ago. In four appearances, he already has a save and a win to go along with a tidy 2.08 ERA. Additionally, he has not allowed a hit in his last three outings.
With the way this Aeros lineup can hit (they produced 13 runs on 17 hits tonight), they ought to feel like they can be any game now that they have a bullpen that can hold an opponent at bay like the Aeros bullpen has done the last couple of games.
On anothe note, two consecutive days off appears to boasted the confidence of struggling Aeros outfielder Trevor Crowe. In Tuesday's win, he made a spectacular diving catch in center field, hit a lead-off home run in his first at bat and went 3-for-5 on the night. While it's only one game, it could be the beginning of him turning around his dismal start.