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Closer by Committee-More Stats

As the Sox finish out the season fairly well, a continuing problem is the bullpen. Some stats on closer by committee. A combination of Junichi Tazawa, Craig Breslow, Robbie Ross Jr (who had a shaky win Saturday and a save Sunday) Alexi Ogando, and Tommy Layne have 20 saves out of 31 tries. Their combined ERA is 4.19. Their WHIPS range from 1.30 to (Ross) to 1.50 (Breslow) ...
Via Fenway West
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Junichi Tazawa Shut Down For Remainder Of 2015

If you think the Red Sox bullpen stinks now, wait a minute. The team announced that eighth-inning set-up man Junichi Tazawa will be shut down for the rest of the season. The reason for the decommissioning is "fatigue" brought on by his 61 appearances in 2015. In the last several weeks, Tazawa has been uncharacteristically bad—so this is probably the right thing to do if they want...
Via FenwayNation
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles' Tazawa shut down for year

BALTIMORE (AP) The Boston Red Sox say right-hander Junichi Tazawa has been shut down for the remainder of the season to get some rest. Tazawa has appeared in 61 games (58 2-3 innings). He is 2-7 with a 4.14 ERA. ''I just want to make this perfectly clear: There was no injury,'' Boston acting manager Torey Lovullo said Tuesday night after a 6-5, 13-inning loss at Baltimore. ''There...
Via AP on Fox
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Junichi Tazawa- Not a Closer

“It’s a learning experience for (Tazawa)—-he’s going to be better off for this moment”, Red Sox interim manager Tony Lovullo was quoted as saying . I can’t agree. Sunday’s implosion against Kansas City made his record 2-6 with a 3.74 ERA (high for a relief pitcher). His WHIP has risen to 1.128. Amazingly, he has blown 6 saves out of 8 chances. Who can replace...
Via Fenway West
August 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox’s Junichi Tazawa Remains At Closer Despite Struggles Vs. Royals (Video)

Even though Junichi Tazawa blew a save opportunity against the Kansas City Royals on Sunday, the Boston Red Sox plan to keep him at closer. Tazawa, who excelled in the set-up role, moved to closer after Koji Uehara suffered a season-ending injury. And even though he has struggled at times in his new role, the job remains his. “We want to give him the ball in the ninth inning,”...
August 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Recap - Tazawa blows the save, Sox drop the finale

Ian Vescera (@Ian_Vescera)Contributing WriterThe Royals came from behind to beat the Red Sox 8-6 on a soggy afternoon from Fenway Park. Eduardo Rodriguez (pictured) started for Boston and went 6 innings allowing 4 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits. The Sox were in business early as Jackie Bradley Jr. doubled to plate the game's first run in the 2nd inning. It was followed by an RBI single...
Via RedSoxLife
August 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Junichi Tazawa Continues To Do Well At Closer With Koji Uehara Injured (Video)

The Boston Red Sox have won three games in a row, and the last two were closed out by Junichi Tazawa. Tazawa has been filling in for Koji Uehara at closer ever since he went down with a right wrist fracture. Tazawa had a 1.80 ERA and a .176 opponent’s batting average in his last five outings. “Junichi Tazawa has really done a good job for the Red Sox filling in for Koji Uehara...
August 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Notes: Junichi Tazawa’s Implosion Ends Boston’s Brief Momentum

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — The Red Sox’s bullpen let one slip away. Junichi Tazawa surrendered two runs on three hits in the eighth inning Sunday as the Red Sox blew a lead and suffered a 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park. The defeat snapped a three-game winning streak for Boston, which now goes on an eight-game road trip. The close contest...
August 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Junichi Tazawa’s Absence Hurts Boston Red Sox In Momentum-Killing Loss

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — Junichi Tazawa was unavailable. That explains a lot. Tazawa’s absence from the Red Sox’s series opener against the Houston Astros at Fenway Park raised eyebrows, as Boston sure could have used the reliable right-handed reliever in its 12-8, extra-inning loss. But while there were two situations — the eighth inning and...
July 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox 2014 Preview: Bullpen

Boston Red Sox 2014 Preview: BullpenThe Red Sox bullpen situation was nothing short of crazy last season, but it worked out for the best. With some new faces added to the mix, spring training will surely be a battle ground for the final bullpen spots. Longshots Drake Britton, Francisco Cordero, Rich Hill All three players could see time at the big league level later in the season...
March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

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