Lefty-packed bullpen has performed well

Lefty-packed bullpen has performed well

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla -- Most managers hope to have two left handed relievers in their bullpen and often have to settle for one. A's manager Bob Melvin currently has four: Brian Fuentes, Jerry Blevins, Pedro Figueroa, and Jordan Norberto.

The A's didn't plan it that way. That's just how things have shaken out.

"They all deserve to be here, but at some point, we're going to have to add a right-hander," Melvin said Saturday. "We have some resources that have to get ironed out at Triple-A.

"We have to have left-handers who can get some right-handed hitters out," Melvin added.

Oakland's bullpen, as a whole, has held opposing hitters to a .215 batting average, third best in the American League, and has an ERA of 2.96, fourth best in the league.