Found June 20, 2013 on
Eric D. Schabell
If you had to choose a closer right now, replacing Andrew Bailey, what would you do?
We have seen the lack of focus.
Have we reached Closerpocalypse yet, suggesting it is time to put the 9th inning into the hands of Andrew Miller?
It seems that Koji Uehara might be the guy to lean on, or is he?
Luckily the General Manager has the closer issue on his radar. I just wonder if there is really any need to jettison good prospects to fill the closer roll on some trade move.
As I have mentioned before, I think it is time for a situational closer setup. In this setup the manager can choose the pitcher for the 9th based on how the game is going, who is fresh, and who matches up best against the last three opposing hitters.
The up side of this setup is that Andrew Bailey would get some time to get back into whatever state he needs to be in to stop throwing up in the zone, to start attacking the strike zone, and convince the Red Sox he is the man to c...
BEST OF MAXIM
(Duane Burleson/Getty Images)This time, Andrew Bailey didn't even record an out. With the Red Sox leading 3-2, Bailey walked the lead-off hitter and then gave up the game-winning two-run HR. Tigers win , 4-3. Game. Set. Match. New Closer. Manager John Farrell confirmed the switch after the game, "We're going to back him out of there right now and try to get him fixed...
Andrew Bailey is no longer the Red Sox’ closer. He doesn’t think that will be the case very long, though.
Bailey, who has been relieved of Boston’s ninth-inning duties after blowing another save on Thursday, said before Friday’s game that he expects to regain the closer’s role at some point this season.
“One bad week doesn’t necessarily make a bad year,” Bailey told...
Andrew Bailey has had a rough go of it recently.
The Red Sox closer has blown four saves in 24 games (three in his last five chances), the most recent being giving up a one-run lead in the ninth inning Thursday against the Tigers. Manager John Farrell said on Wednesday that Bailey was “definitely our closer.” It seems those feelings have changed, though, as Farrell said after...
The Red Sox are just clipping along this spring, with their problems relatively minor complications compared to the bounty of issues this team often dealt with last season. While the health of some members of the pitching staff has been something to keep an eye on, the Sox have received help from other parts of the team, and they’ve been on top of the American League East for much...
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Two weeks after they drafted Trey Ball with the No. 7 pick in the in the 2013 MLB Draft, the Indiana pitcher visited Fenway Park after signing with the Red Sox. Andrew Bailey will remain the closer, and David Ross departs the team to address his concussion symptoms.
Ball Visits Fenway After Signing Contract
Two weeks after the Red Sox...
The Boston Red Sox took the lead against Detroit's bullpen, then realized their own closer was becoming far too unreliable.
Andrew Bailey allowed a two-run homer to Jhonny Peralta in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Detroit Tigers a 4-3 victory over the Red Sox on Thursday night. Boston manager John Farrell said after the game Bailey would be given a break from closing...
Andrew Bailey is the Red Sox’ closer.
Bailey, who blew another save opportunity in the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader, is in the midst of a rough patch. Manager John Farrell made it clear, however, that the closer’s job still belongs to Bailey, and that it’s simply a matter of the right-hander figuring some things out on the mound.
“Andrew Bailey is our closer, and...
It's safe to say Andrew Bailey has reached embattled territory.
So, yes: The Embattled Andrew Bailey came in for the 9th with a one-run lead in Detroit tonight. He threw three straight balls to Victor Martinez, got one over, and then walked Martinez. Jhonny Peralta stepped to the plate and promptly dispatched what appeared to me to be a 1-2 hanging breaking ball over the left...
Papa 'Not-So' GrandeThere's still no word on exactly who will close out games for the Boston Red Sox. All we do know is that it won't be Andrew Bailey. Junichi Tazawa is the likely first choice to migrate to the end of the bullpen—but Andrew Miller and Koji Uehara are also possibilities. Even Rubby De La Rosa has the stuff to do the job. An intriguing new possibility...
Jhonny Peralta is headed toward a possible All-Star berth, and he added another highlight to an impressive first half Thursday night. With the Detroit Tigers trailing the Boston Red Sox by one in the ninth, Peralta turned on a breaking ball from Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey for a walk-off, two-run home run.
Here’s the video of Peralta’s game-winner:
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Andrew Bailey’s struggles are twofold. Not only has his ineffectiveness cost the Red Sox, but his inevitable departure from the closer’s role throws the Boston bullpen all out of whack.
John Farrell has stood by Bailey during his recent struggles, but after another blown save on Thursday, it appears that the Red Sox skipper is eyeing a change. Someone else will likely take the...
Koji Uehara is the Red Sox’ new closer — for now, at least.
Uehara said that he’s been told by manager John Farrell that he will close if a save situation emerges on Friday, according to multiple reports.
Uehara will replace former closer Andrew Bailey, who has blown three of his last five save chances, including Thursday’s game against the Tigers. It’s unclear if the Red...
Comerica Park has not been kind to Red Sox closers in recent years, and it seems 2013 is no different.
This time, it was Andrew Bailey blowing the save, and Jhonny Peralta the one responsible. The Tigers shortstop’s two-run home run spoiled a strong John Lackey start and cost the Sox a chance to begin a four-game series on the right foot. Now, the Sox could very well be on the...
1:40 p.m.: One thing that’s worth noting is that Andrew Miller was actually warming up in the Red Sox’ bullpen while Andrew Bailey gave up the walk-off home run on Thursday. That shows that John Farrell wanted to have another arm ready in case Bailey struggled, but could it also mean that Miller will handle the ninth-inning duties on Friday should the opportunity arise?
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It seemed almost sure. A good pitching to performance to start, a David Ortiz home run to get ahead again, and then a one run lead going into the ninth.
And then…Andrew Bailey begins to pitch.
Jhonny Peralta squares up and parks a pitch to win the game on one swing. What seemed as a hard-fought win turns into a heart-sinking loss.