Bullpen Issues Continue For The Red Sox


Sox In Review will be back next week, but for this week, I thought I’d talk about something we are all mad at. The bullpen. I mean this tweet by Jared Carrabis is just insane. In the seventh and eight innings, relievers have the third best ERA, the best K’s per nine innings and the second best WHIP. That’s a good bullpen right there, like one of the best in the league type numbers.

But you look at the numbers in the ninth inning and it’s a whole new world. It’s like the Red Sox have  a different bullpen during the ninth inning. I don’t understand how the relievers can be this bad during save situations.

Matt Barnes has four blown saves, Ryan Brasier, who took the lost last night, has three. Marcus Walden, Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree all have one blown save. Hembree by the way, has been rock solid since the start of May. I’ve always been a Hembree hater, but whenever he has pitched in a game since the start of May, he’s been pretty damn good. I mean so has Brandon Workman.

I think a few of the blown saves have come in the eight inning, I know at least Matt Barnes has one or two of his in that inning. But still. I don’t understand how Dave Dombrowski can stay pat. You need a closer to compete with the Yankees, or the Rays, or the Astros when you have guys that can’t pitch in the ninth.

I don’t care what the numbers are in the sixth, seventh and eight inning. I don’t care if you think you can have the best bullpen in baseball with the guys you have. You need to be able to close games in the ninth and if you can’t do that, you aren’t going to go far.

The Red Sox need a closer. We all know that. It’s that obvious. But does Dave Dombrowski want to admit that his plan for the bullpen hasn’t worked? And if he hasn’t yet, can he admit it and fix the issue before it’s too late. Rotating the same taxi squad of guys up and down from Pawtucket isn’t going to cut it either.


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