Red Sox Bullpen

Red Sox pitching prospect Tanner Houck
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Amin Touri
July 17, 2019 - 5:00 pm
Tanner Houck’s career trajectory has changed quite a bit these last few weeks. Projected as a starting option down the line as he continued to develop with Double-A Portland, the Red Sox’ problematic bullpen forced the organization to make a change, with Houck transitioning to a relief role — along...
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Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi
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Nick Friar
July 03, 2019 - 9:04 am
Ever since Andrew Miller lit the world on fire with his ridiculous run in the 2016 postseason, the baseball sabermetricians have been clamoring to eliminate the closer role. “Your best reliever should pitch in situations of the highest leverage.” “Why can’t your closer pitch in the eighth inning...
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Amin Touri
July 02, 2019 - 10:16 am
As the Red Sox bullpen continues to struggle through the middle part of the season, with back-to-back relief disasters against the Yankees in London over the weekend, Boston appears to be looking internally for help with NESN’s Tom Caron reporting that Nathan Eovaldi could be used as the closer...
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Amin Touri
June 26, 2019 - 5:56 pm
Wrapping up the final homestand before the All-Star break, a strong offensive performance was overshadowed by another Red Sox bullpen collapse on Wednesday, as a combined seven runs and 15 hits went to waste after another blown save. Down 6-4 into the eighth against the White Sox, the Boston bats...
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Red Sox reliever Travis Lakins
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Nick Friar
April 23, 2019 - 5:22 pm
In addition to adding Darwinzon Hernandez to the Major League club as the 26th man for Game 2 of the Red Sox doubleheader against the Tigers on Tuesday, Boston has promoted right-handed reliever Travis Lakins from Triple-A Pawtucket. Bobby Poyner has been sent down to Triple-A as the corresponding...
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Nick Friar
April 10, 2019 - 3:43 pm
Chris Sale’s disappointing outing on Tuesday overshadowed the fact Alex Cora brought Matt Barnes, the Red Sox semi-closer, semi-super reliever, in the ninth inning despite it being a non-save situation. Under his watch, the Blue Jays added to their 6-5 after Barnes drilled Billy McKinney and gave...
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Brandon Workman
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John Tomase
October 23, 2018 - 12:13 pm
His secret exposed, Red Sox reliever Brandon Workman leans forward, ever so slightly, and furrows his brow. “Who said this, first off?” he asks conspiratorially, admitting nothing. Uhh, everyone, he’s told. Nathan Eovaldi. Heath Hembree. Craig Kimbrel. Joe Kelly. And Matt Barnes, definitely Matt...
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Brandon Workman
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John Tomase
October 06, 2018 - 2:23 am
Uh, are we supposed to survive 10 more games of this? On Friday night, the Red Sox won Game 1 of the American League Division Series with a 5-4 nail-biter over the Yankees that felt kinda like a loss by the time the middle relievers were done leaving their foul imprint on the game. Things got so...
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John Tomase
September 26, 2018 - 12:19 pm
The Red Sox can cross one name off their list of potential postseason relievers: Tyler Thornburg. Manager Alex Cora said before Wednesday's doubleheader against the Orioles that the team will "stay away" from Thornburg, who has been pushed as far as his recovery from shoulder surgery would allow. "...
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Jim Hackett
September 20, 2018 - 3:30 pm
“Rolaids spells relief.” Remember that ad? Back in August I purchased a few packs of Rolaids in anticipation of what the Red Sox relievers would do to my stomach in October. After roughly three weeks of September baseball I’m thinking that I should have ordered a few crates… This season is truly...
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