The Baseball Desert

Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Holding his own

Boston has had bullpen trouble all season long, so it's worth noting Mike Timlin's performances this postseason. He's pitched in six games so far - a total of 7 1/3 innings - and has retired all 22 batters he's faced without giving up so much as a hit. I'm not saying he's up there with Mariano Rivera or Eric Gagne, and he doesn't get the 'W' or the 'SV' after his name (just the infintely less sexy 'HLD') [click here if you haven't got a clue what I'm talking about...!], but he's yet another small but important cog in the Red Sox machine.