Mariners' bullpen provides plenty of relief

Mariners' bullpen provides plenty of relief

SEATTLE -- Very quietly, the Mariners' bullpen is among the best in baseball.

Entering Saturday's game, the unit had a 2.14 ERA since June 1, a .208 opposing batting average and a rate of 9.3 strikeouts per nine innings.

Is it a mindset that has gotten this under-publicized group into such a groove? Maybe not, according to right-hander Steve Delabar.

"I don't think we think at all," Delabar said. "Every day's a new day, and whatever situation we come into, we try to be ready for. We think about the game that we're in. We stay focused on that, and try not to think ahead."

Closer Tom Wilhelmsen said a tight-knit camaraderie between the bullpen boys hasn't hurt either.

"We're confident in ourselves and with each other," Wilhelmsen said. "We're like brothers down there, and it's easy to be comfortable when you can be comfortable off the field. I think that's the big thing. We're here for each other and our team."