Red Sox Bullpen

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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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Andrew Benintendi
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John Tomase
September 07, 2018 - 11:05 pm
How you feeling about that Red Sox bullpen? For three-quarters of Friday night's showdown with the Astros, the Red Sox were the better team. David Price limited the defending World Series champs to one hit through six innings. Mookie Betts stole a run with a daring first-to-third two batters into...
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John Tomase
September 04, 2018 - 12:36 pm
Tony La Russa basically invented the modern bullpen, with its specialists and setup men clearing a path to the closer. And when he discusses the ideal of mix of complements, he hits upon the issue that plagued the Red Sox relief corps perhaps as much as anything else in August. It's all about not...
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Ryan Pressly
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John Tomase
September 02, 2018 - 12:58 pm
The Red Sox entered the trade deadline with one glaring need: bullpen. They failed to address it, instead seeking upgrades on the bench (Steve Pearce), at second base (Ian Kinsler), and in the rotation (Nathan Eovaldi). It's fair to say that trio has represented a net positive, even with Eovaldi...
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Jim Hackett
August 23, 2018 - 11:59 am
What have you learned the last three games against Cleveland? No matter how good the Red Sox are (and they’re really good), getting out of the American League will not be easy. Cleveland has flaws, but watching their ensemble in the late innings Monday and Tuesday night reminded me of a specific...
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Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz (right) can't even watch as Evan Longoria rounds hte bases following his game-winning homer on Tuesday. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)
John Tomase
August 30, 2016 - 7:26 pm
This time, it was Clay Buchholz's turn. For months, the Red Sox have searched for a reliable arm to pitch the eighth inning and bridge the divide to closer Craig Kimbrel. And for months, applicants have failed. Koji Uehara got hurt. Junichi Tazawa flamed out. Brad Ziegler walked too many lefties...
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John Tomase
August 19, 2016 - 7:13 am
The Red Sox had all the pieces in order for a rousing victory on Thursday afternoon in Detroit, but as has so often been the case over the last month, the bullpen wouldn't let it happen. Entrusted with a 3-1 lead in the eighth inning, right-hander Junichi Tazawa once again imploded, opening manager...
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Red Sox manager John Farrell argues with home plate upm Scott Barry on Thursday. (Rick Osentoski/(USA Today Sports)
August 18, 2016 - 12:33 pm
For an August 18th game against two non-division teams, so many question marks surrounded Thursday's matinee vs. the Tigers. How would the Red Sox perform on short rest? Why wouldn't the Tigers move the start time? Would Clay Buchholz implode again? It turns out we should've been asking a different...
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October 06, 2008 - 1:36 pm
Red Sox relievers absorbed seven innings of labor in the Game 3 marathon, while their Halos counterparts produced a colossal 22 outs. It seems safe to suggest that both bullpens will have that not-so-fresh feeling today. Sox manager Terry Francona said that he expects everyone in his bullpen to be...
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