In the beginning of the season, the Red Sox lacked an effective closer. Now, entering the final month of the regular season, the Sox are without a real setup man to hold down the fort for the lights-out Koji Uehara.
According to MLB.com’s Jason Mastrodonato, “only two bullpens in the Majors have allowed inherited runners to score more often than the Red Sox, who have allowed a staggering 34 percent to cross home plate, the runs getting charged to the previous pitchers' ERA.” And without a guy who can continue to go out and deliver in the eighth inning, John Farrell has had to get creative.
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Take Tuesday night’s game against the Tigers, for example. In the eighth inning, the Sox were only up 2-1, and were set to face Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, and Victor Martinez. Farrell decided to use three different pitchers - Brandon Workman, Craig Breslow, and Junichi Tazawa - to each record one out.
Farrell made it clear...