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Kyle Barraclough should help struggling Marlins bullpen

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Miami's bullpen now has another top power arm.

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

When the Marlins acquired Kyle Barraclough from the Cardinals last July, they likely expected him to be prepared to contribute immediately.

Before their 6-5 extra innings loss to the Braves on Sunday afternoon, the Marlins recalled Barraclough from Triple-A New Orleans to help relieve a struggling bullpen. In the corresponding roster move, Dustin McGowan, one of the Marlins' early long relief options, was designated for assignment.

In Sunday's series finale with Atlanta, Barraclough was called upon to contribute. And he did just that.

Barraclough was called upon to keep it a two run game and he was able to do so.

He opened the seventh inning by striking out Erick Aybar but then allowed Freddie Freeman to single to right field. However, he quickly bounced back, striking out Adonis Garcia and eventually Kelly Johnson to end the inning.

Although he allowed a hit and a walk, it was the type of inning the Marlins will depend on him to have as the season progresses.

Miami's bullpen is without Carter Capps, who had season-ending Tommy John surgery before the season opener. And it doesn't seem as if Mike Dunn will be healthy quickly after recently experiencing a setback.

To open the season, the Marlins opted to carry several long relief options until the rotation was stable and set. McGowan was among them.

But now, the unit appears to be in need of power arms. Barraclough should at least help fill that void.

Before being called upon, Barraclough pitched to a 1.50 ERA over six minor league innings. He has closing experience and with some quick success might emerge as a setup option.

For the Marlins to have success, Barraclough has to be productive regularly. David Phelps and Edwin Jackson could also be used in setup roles in Dunn's absence, but since he has closing experience, Barraclough could be the favorite.

The Marlins need Barraclough to be consistent. He should prove to be valuable and help a struggling bullpen.