Middle relief pitcher

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In baseball, middle relief pitchers (or "middle relievers") are relief pitchers who commonly pitch in the fifth, sixth, or seventh innings.[1] In the National League, a middle reliever often comes in after the starting pitcher has been pulled for a pinch hitter. A middle reliever is usually replaced in the eighth or ninth innings by a left-handed specialist, setup pitcher or closers; middle relief pitchers may work these innings as well, especially if the game is not close.


  1. Dickson, Paul (2009). The Dickson Baseball Dictionary. W. W. Norton & Company. p. 544. ISBN 978-0-393-06681-4.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>