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"We’re in an era in which managers have access to information that outside analysts do not. I’m reluctant, particularly this early in the season, to indict Kapler, because he may be picking his pitchers based on pitch type or arm action or the swing plane of the opposing hitters. What does seem to be certain is that he’s not picking them based on the save rule, or the inning-and-score model than has dominated reliever usage for a decade. How Kapler runs his bullpen -- a source of considerable controversy a year ago -- will be a fascinating topic this season."