Red Sox manager John Farrell said Andrew Bailey remains the team's closer for now, "but there's work to do."
Understatement of the year.
Bailey blew another save in the Sox 3-1 win last night and wasted a brilliant eight-inning effort from Felix Doubront. Bailey has allowed five runs over his last four games. He's blown three saves in 11 opportunities on the year. Bailey is missing spots and missing often. He's allowed 10 walks in 22 1/3 innings, a 4.0 walks per nine rate. Those stats are almost "Bard-like" and we're not talking Shakespeare.
How long is Bailey's leash? Manager John Farrell said, "We have to get [Bailey] more consistent. No doubt. But he's our closer."
Not quite a vote of confidence.
What are the Red Sox options at closer? Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara are possible candidates. However, Farrell doe not like to use Koji on back-to-back days. Tazawa was not as effective when he was a part-time closer in May, recording zero saves w...