Found April 09, 2012 on Ted's Army:
PLAYERS: Daniel Bard
TEAMS: Boston Red Sox

I often wonder what opposing teams, their beat reporters and bloggers are saying about the Red Sox after playing the Red Sox. Here's a dose of 'enemy chatter' from Detroit.

"I think you put everything in perspective," said Leyland, who was trying to feel good about a series sweep as he thought about those early leads and Scherzer's tumble. "We can't be giving up those kinds of runs and expect to win anything.

"If they've got Bailey, we don't win that game."

But the Red Sox didn't have Bailey. And the Tigers had their hitters. And that meant the Tigers had a holiday Sunday they could, at the end, happily celebrate.

The Detroit News

That could very well be the case, but we will never know. Leyland could have said "If they pitched Padilla in the 9th, we don't win that game" and it still wouldn't matter. The story is, the Sox lost the game will what they had and raised a lot of questions. After two blown saves in one game and the same combo of Aceves and Melancon blowing it in game 1, who does Valentine have confidence in for that closer role? I see Daniel Bard's time in the starting rotation short-lived if the bullpen woes continue.


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