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So much for using Andrew Bailey in low-pressure situations.
After blowing three saves in a 10-day span, Bailey was displaced from the Red Sox’ closer role last Friday, at which time manager John Farrell admitted the best way to help Bailey through his struggles may be to pitch him when the outcome of a game isn’t hanging in the balance.
But Farrell didn’t have much choice in the seventh inning here yesterday. Reluctant to use Junichi Tazawa for two innings after he had either warmed up or pitched in three of the last four days, and with lefties Andrew Miller and Craig Breslow reserved for later in the game, Farrell turned to Bailey.
Sure enough, Bailey yielded Austin Jackson’s leadoff single and a one-out single to Miguel Cabrera before being lifted for Miller. The Detroit Tigers loaded the bases, and after Miller struck out Victor Martinez, he hit Jhonny Peralta with a two-strike pitch to force in the tying run in an eventual 7-5 loss.
Bailey has allowed runs in four consecutive outings and five of his last six.
Herald | Andrew Bailey back into action
The best defense you could argue for using Andrew Bailey in the 7th against Detroit yesterday was the one offered by John Farrell. Essentially, they didn't have any other options.
But this shows a lack of long-term planning by the manager, who is the man at the helm of one of the worst bullpens in the league (right now). If this team has title aspirations, it's going to need elite pitching in the bullpen, regardless of role. One of Farrell's major responsibilities is to make that happen, and given the talent and money already being spent on the bullpen, he needs to make it happen with the arms they already have.
Removing Bailey from the closer role only to bring him in to face the top of the order against one of the best teams of the league in a close game is non-sensical. I don't care what the short-term situation is. I know you'd rather not use Tazawa for two innings, and for some reason it was really important to have two lefties saved for later. But putting Bailey in a more stressful situation than most closing opportunities does not equal progress.
The Sox get a breather today, so hopefully the extra rest will allow Farrell time to map out a better plan for using Bailey.
On page 2, Franklin Morales looks to be headed to the DL.
Franklin Morales left Saturday night's game in the seventh inning after allowing a home run by Omar Infante. He felt pain in the front of his left shoulder in the area of his pectoral muscle.
Manager John Farrell indicated that Morales would likely be placed on the disabled list on Sunday.
Morales said the injury was similar to the one he suffered in April while pitching in a minor league game. That set him back for three weeks.
“I feel it one pitch … the pitch to Infante,” Morales said.
Globe | Morales may be headed back to the DL
...and of course, this development doesn't help everything I said about Bailey. The organization needs to make a quick decision about it and not keep a useless player on the active roster.
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Will Middlebrooks (left) has been demoted to Pawtucket, while Jose Iglesias is staying put (Getty Images)
Another day, another twist in the ongoing Red Sox saga at the hot corner.
Tuesday afternoon, the Sox optioned struggling incumbent third baseman Will Middlebrooks to Triple-A Pawtucket, adding more security to Jose Iglesias’s tenure...
The Red Sox have recently had trouble finding regular at-bats for the trio of Stephen Drew, Jose Iglesias and Will Middlebrooks. With Drew playing very well at shortstop and Iglesias and Middlebrooks being young players who need regular plate appearances to develop, something had to give.
Just before 4 p.m. Tuesday, the Red Sox announced that they had optioned Middlebrooks to Triple...
It seemed inevitable, and it happened. Will Middlebrooks has been optioned to Pawtucket due to terrible offensive numbers this season.
The Red Sox have optioned third baseman Will Middlebrooks to Triple A
Pawtucket and purchased the contract of infielder Brandon Snyder.
Middlebrooks is hitting .192 this season with a .617 OPS and lost his
position to Jose Iglesias...
Game 78: Poor Defense + bad bullpen = loss
Boston just can't get it done right now. With closer Andrew Bailey blowing game one of the series, and poor pitching throughout the four games with Detroit, Boston has a lot of pitching planning to do if they want to stay at the top of the AL East. Boston lead in this afternoon's game until the seventh, and then things got out of...
Despite dropping three out of four games in Detroit over the weekend, the Red Sox begin their eight game homestand in first place by two and half games and welcome the surprising Colorado Rockies to Fenway Park for a brief two game series. This series will mark the first both teams have faced each other in Boston since Game 1 and 2 of the 2007 World Series, in which the Red Sox won...
Daniel Nava was burned by a controversial call late in the Detroit Tigers’ 7-5 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday. The two teams were tied at four in the bottom of the eighth inning, when Detroit’s Avisail Garcia lifted a flyball to the warning track in right. Nava drifted back, then appeared to make a basket catch, before dropping the ball as he readied to throw it back into...
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There’s a reason some fans bring their own baseball glove to the ballpark — because a foul ball could come flying their way at any point during the game. Especially if you are in the front row down the foul line.
One Red Sox fan had an extremely important phone call he had to take (we are assuming) during the first inning of Tuesday’s...
The Boston Red Sox may have to place pitcher Franklin Morales on the disabled list after he departed early from Saturday's loss to the Detroit Tigers. Evan Drellich of MassLive.com said that although manager John Farrell cited a shoulder problem as the cause, Morales himself said it was the left pectoral, an area he has already had issues with this season. Either way, a DL...
Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz is planning to see Dr. James Andrews for a lingering neck strain that's had him on the disabled list since early June.
Manager John Farrell made the announcement before Sunday night's game against the New York Yankees. He said the 28-year old Buchholz was expected to be on the field throwing when the team took batting practice, but he was...
Most of the time, umpire error has minor significance on the outcome of an MLB game. This is not once of those instances.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Red Sox and Tigers were all knotted up at 4-4. Avisail Garcia led off the inning by skying a fly ball deep to right field. Daniel Nava camped under it and pulled the ball in basket style. As he was taking the baseball out...
Welcome home, Red Sox.
The American League-leading Boston Red Sox (45-33) return to Fenway Park for nine-game home-stand and get it kicked off with an interleague matchup against the Colorado Rockies (39-38). The Sox and Rox clash at Fenway for the first time since the 2007 World Series, when the Red Sox swept the first two games on their way to...
Andrew Bailey. They say to never go to bed angry. I believe you should never write angry either, which is why I have waited a full 24 hours before discussing the Boston Red Sox’ closer situation. Thursday night, Andrew Bailey entered a 3-2 contest against a tough Detroit Tigers team in hopes of putting his [...]
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That was awful...again.
The Sox traded early punches with the Tigers, then came out with a 4-3 lead in the 4th that lasted into the 7th. The Tigers tied it in the 7th, added 3 in the 8th, and Boston's 1 run in the 9th wasn't nearly enough, ending the final game at 7-5.
The Sox looked terrible in the series. Blowing saves, leads, leaving men on base. It was especially frustrating...
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(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)A day after John Farrell jumped into the spotlight—via an ejection and a bad pitching decision—it's instructive to take stock of just what we have in our new skipper. First and foremost, it's what he is not: he didn't invent the wrap, and doesn't claim that he did. More importantly, he has built a culture that rewards performance and...