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Thursday night, when it came time to replace starter
Jake Peavy, the Sox manager decided he needed to rest his usual corps
of relievers — Koji Uehara, Junichi Tazawa, Craig Breslow, and Brandon
Workman. Farrell decided Franklin Morales was going to be the closer, so
he stayed away from him. He brought on Drake Britton, Rubby De La Rosa,
and Matt Thornton. Farrell basically emptied his bullpen of excess
relievers in one game.
With Jacoby Ellsbury already out with a foot fracture, he also sat
Shane Victorino to give his assorted back and hamstring injuries time to
respond to treatment.
While Farrell’s trying to win, he’s also trying to find out which of
the relievers can help his team in the playoffs. If you can’t find out
now, when can you find out?
The Morales/Thornton debate comes into play when discussing the
bullpen options. The fact that Morales was designated the closer
Thursday says a lot. It says he’s ahead of Thornton on the depth chart.
Both are veteran lefthanders. But it seems as if Farrell has more faith
in not only Breslow at this point, but even Britton.
A manager wants to win, rest his regulars, give players a chance to
heal nagging injuries, and set up the bullpen and rotation all before
the end of the season.
Globe: John Farrell will have to manage players' breaks
It's nice to take advantage of expanded September rosters, isn't it?
Here's what I envision going forward. All the usuall suspects will start, but will start to be pulled in the 6th and 7th innings no matter the score. They got the division, it's over; not much to play for (except for 100 wins?).
Also, you're going to start seeing Lester, Lackey, Peavy, and Doubront make their final starts of the year. I think Buchholz still needs tuning, so he will be out in full force. I could see them shifting Dempster to the back end of the bullpen, just to get him reacquainted.
Job well done boys. The youngsters will take it from here.
Rest of the links:
Globe: Red Sox fall to Rays to finish road trip | Globe: Mike Napoli meets all incentive requirements | Herald: Relievers try to find playoff groove | Herald: Jake Peavy, Sox 'will be OK' after taking hit from Rays | Herald: Mike Napoli's hip to big salary hike | WEEI.com: After X-rays, Jake Peavy said right wrist 'will be ok' | ESPNBoston.com: Sox will keep minding their own business |
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