"There is somewhat of a snowball effect," manager Bryan Price said. "We started the season with phenomenal starting pitching, and so these guys weren't getting regular work. Then a couple of guys get off to a slow start, their numbers go through the roof and you're trying to pitch yourself from behind that eight-ball from a statistical standpoint.
"Guys are better than they've pitched. We've got to turn that corner and perform better. We have the ability for our bullpen to continue to be a strength for the club. We have to get better performance from all of our guys."
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