The O's have to have some relievers that can pitch 2-3+ innings next year. There's no way the bullpen should be almost unused for 3 games and then used up in 1 game. Akin seemed like a guy that could pitch 2 or even 3 innings early in the year and got moved away from the role for some reason. There 's should always be a guy in the bullpen that can throw 3 innings. With the incidence of pitching injuries, you never know when a pitcher will lose it in the 3rd or come down with an injury and be unable to continue. The O's don't need to depend on 7 relievers when they have to go to the bullpen in the 3rd.