The offense gets a ton of credit as the strength of this team, rightfully so, as it has been excellent this season.
However, the bullpen has quietly been the unsung hero of this team so far. They've pitched a lot of innings as the starters haven't gone deep in many games. Outside of the Minnesota series, they've kept every game close.
Heuer looks filthy and may be a late inning guy on this team for years to come. Bummer continues his dominance. Detwiler has been unhittable. Evan Marshall looks like a new pitcher. Matt Foster and Jimmy Cordero have looked good. Colomé has made things interesting but continues to get the job done and close out games.
The one guy I've been disappointed in is Steve Cishek but if he lives up to his track record, there should be improvement from him.
This is also a bullpen that lost Jimmy Lambert and started with Gio Gonzalez as a long man before being forced into the rotation due to injury. Can't forget that depending on how the Sox want to handle him and how he looks in Schaumburg, we could see Garrett Crochet coming out of the pen this season.
With the battle of bullpens being a major factor in postseason play, I think the Sox bullpen could prove to be a major asset this season.