Red Sox Bullpen

On a team of inconsistency, the one constant has been the Red Sox bullpen. The five prime relievers (according to BaseballReference.com) are Koji Uehara, Craig Breslow, Junichi Tazawa, Alexi Ogando, and Tommy Layne. Let’s look at their stats. Through Tuesday, the group had a 2.25 ERA (the team’s was 4.51) with a 3.21 strikeout/walk ratio and a fine 1.05 WHIP. Uehara led...
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Another Strong Start, Another Sox Win

The Red Sox headed to Seattle to face off against the Mariners in a 4 game series to finish off their west coast stretch.  The Sox had Joe Kelly on the mound who struggled mightily in his last start.  Kelly would not end up with the win, but he sure had himself a nice outing.  The Sox were able to get the go ahead run in the 9th inning and Koji Uehara did his magic and brought...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara’s Fastball Use, Command Is Major Key To Closer’s Success

It wasn’t yet time to go into full panic mode about Koji Uehara, but things certainly appeared to be heading in that direction. The Boston Red Sox closer looked downright bad over the weekend in Baltimore. He allowed two runs on four hits in 1 1/3 innings of work, including a blown save and a loss Saturday night. Even on Friday night in a save against...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Re-Igniting Papelbon To Red Sox Deal?

Multiple reports are suggesting that the Philadelphia Phillies are stepping up their efforts to deal Jonathan Papelbon back to his original team—the Boston Red Sox. Phillies GM Ruben Amaro has pretty good timing—since current closer Koji Uehara just blew a win in Baltimore. Papelbon has freely expressed his interest in returning to Boston and has been near-perfect this year as...
Via FenwayNation
April 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Is closing time still Koji Time? Hard to say.

Conor Frederick (@C_Frederick1016)Contributing WriterKoji Uehara had a rough time of it when he blew his first save of the season last night against the Baltimore Orioles. He didn't get much help from his defense (Allen Craig failed to make a diving catch in right field that allowed Adam Jones to reach 3rd), but the velocity on his splitter only clocked in at 76 last night, which...
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April 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Orioles Walk Off in the 10th to Beat Sox

The game yesterday was a surreal event.  The Sox and the Orioles were facing off inside Camden Yards while there was a constantly present protest against police violence going on outside.  Both teams said that they heard helicopters throughout the game and at one point Baltimore police was asking fans to remain in the park.  As for the baseball game, Justin Masterson took the...
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April 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara Gives Up Two Runs In Tenth in 5-4 Loss To O's

Just when it looked like the Red Sox were going to make an improbable comeback, the Orioles snatched it away in extra innings.
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April 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara Says His Arm Strength Is Finally Back To Normal (Video)

Koji Uehara has been very good since coming off the disabled list April 13, so it may come as a surprise that he’s only now really starting to feel better. Uehara spoke with The Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham before Saturday’s game in Baltimore, and the two talked about some of the nuances of Uehara’s pitch selection thus far. The 40-year-old closer...
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April 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara Has Been Great, But Can He Keep It Up All Season? (Video)

Amid serious struggles from the starting rotation, the Boston Red Sox’s bullpen has been a bright spot. As a whole, Red Sox relievers have combined for a 2.45 ERA, good for fourth in the American League. Closer Koji Uehara has been a big part of the group’s success on the back end, but despite his performance NESN’s Dennis Eckersley and Steve Lyons...
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April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara’s Extreme Splitter Usage

As noted in Sunday’s column, Koji Uehara has thrown 24 pitches this season, and 21 of them have been splitters. Even for a two-game sample, that’s pretty extreme. Only one other pitcher – Red Sox teammate Edward Mujica (57.6%) – has thrown a splitter with more than 50% frequency in the early going. Last year’s […]
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April 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara Off To Strong Start Despite Injury Concerns, Age (Video)

Koji Uehara was a big part of the Boston Red Sox’s World Series win in 2013, but there was reason to doubt the pitcher’s abilities entering the 2015 season. Boston’s closer was not his usual lights-out self at the end of last season, and a hamstring injury put him out for much of spring training into the beginning of the regular season. And after...
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April 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara Survives Scare In Return To Red Sox Vs. Nationals (Video)

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — Darude’s “Sandstorm” blared out of the loudspeakers, the Fenway Park crowd erupted and No. 19 ran in from the Red Sox’s bullpen. Koji Uehara returned to his ninth-inning post Tuesday and recorded the final three outs in an 8-7 win over the Washington Nationals, albeit with a scare. Uehara, who started the...
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April 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara Returns To Red Sox, Says Hamstring ‘No Problem At All’

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — Koji Uehara didn’t circle the Red Sox’s home opener on his calendar. It just worked out this way. The Red Sox activated Uehara from the 15-day disabled list before Monday’s home opener against the Washington Nationals at Fenway Park. Left-handed reliever Tommy Layne was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket to make...
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April 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara Expected To Be Activated From DL For Red Sox Home Opener

It looks as though the Boston Red Sox won’t have to wait much longer for their closer to return. The club expects Koji Uehara to be activated from the 15-day disabled list before Monday’s home opener against the Washington Nationals, manager John Farrell told the Boston Herald’s Jason Mastrodonato on Sunday. Uehara has been rehabbing from a hamstring...
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April 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara Could Return For Red Sox’s Home Opener At Fenway Park

This embed is invalid" /> NEW YORK — The ninth inning could belong to Koji Uehara on Opening Day at Fenway Park. The Red Sox have not ruled out Uehara potentially returning for Monday’s home opener in Boston, manager John Farrell said before Friday’s game against the Yankees in the Bronx. Uehara, who has been dealing with a hamstring injury,...
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April 10, 2015  |  Discuss

David Ortiz Wishes Koji Uehara Happy Birthday, Calls Him Old (Photos)

Koji Uehara celebrated his birthday Friday, and David Ortiz was quick to point out how old the pitcher is. The Boston Red Sox closer is 40, making him the oldest guy on the team. Ortiz, who doesn’t turn the big four-oh until November 18, posted not one, but two photos to Instagram wishing Uehara a happy birthday while reveling in the fact that he...
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April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox: Kelly and Uehara start season on DL

The injury bug strikes early for the Boston Red Sox, as you may already know catcher Christian Vazquez will miss the 2015 season with Tommy John surgery, and now two key pitchers in Joe Kelly and Koji Uehara will start the 2015 season on the 15-day disabled list.
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April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Opening Day Roster: Koji Uehara, Joe Kelly To Start Season On DL

The Boston Red Sox’s 2015 Opening Day roster is set, barring any last-minute changes before Monday’s season opener against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Koji Uehara (hamstring) and Joe Kelly (biceps) will start the season on the 15-day disabled list, Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters Friday in Fort Myers, Fla. Matt Barnes and Brandon Workman, both...
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April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Place Joe Kelly And Koji Uehara On DL

While neither move comes as a real surprise, the Red Sox placed starter Joe Kelly (bicep issues) and closer Koji Uehara (hamstring issues) on the 15-day disabled list. Both players could be back in time for the fifth game of the regular season—the April 11th contest against the New York Yankees.
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April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara: ‘I Don’t Know When I’ll Be Back’ From Injury With Red Sox

This embed is invalid" /> Koji Uehara’s status doesn’t appear to be improving. Uehara, who has been battling a hamstring injury at Boston Red Sox spring training, said Monday after throwing a bullpen session that he again felt soreness in the same area. The closer is likely to begin the season on the disabled list and there is no clear timetable...
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March 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara Not Likely To Be Ready For Boston Red Sox For Opening Day

This embed is invalid" /> The ninth inning probably will look a little different to begin the season. Koji Uehara, who has been battling a hamstring injury, is “not likely” to be ready for Opening Day, according to Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell. While Uehara hasn’t officially been ruled out for the Red Sox’s April 6 opener, Farrell indicated...
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March 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Notes: Koji Uehara Not Ruled Out For Opening Day After Bullpen Session

The Boston Red Sox’s offense finally came alive Saturday, but off-field developments took up a majority of the focus. The Red Sox smacked 10 hits en route to a 9-6 win over the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park in Saturday afternoon’s Grapefruit League matchup. While Boston was rounding the bases, Red Sox closer Koji Uehara participated in his...
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March 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox: Koji Uehara missing Opening Day?

A key piece for the Boston Red Sox bullpen is their closer, Koji Uehara. But how will the Red Sox perform without their closer on Opening Day? The soon-to-be 40-year old, right-handed pitcher is speculated to miss Opening Day against the Philadelphia Phillies. Uehara is still in the process of recovering from a hamstring injury that occurred during spring training. The last day that...
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March 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Poll: Which Boston Red Sox Injury Is The Biggest Cause For Concern?

The Boston Red Sox have remained relatively healthy throughout spring training, but the few injuries that have cropped up are to some core members of the team. Starting pitcher Joe Kelly was one of the first Red Sox to go down, though the biceps soreness he experienced in his throwing arm initially was written off as a simple dead arm issue. But on Tuesday...
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March 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Podcast: Koji Uehara’s Injury Troublesome With Opening Day Approaching

The new-look Boston Red Sox have been fairly healthy this spring. But the injuries are piling up on the pitching staff and could be a cause for concern approaching Opening Day. There’s stiff competition for some spots in Boston’s bullpen, and with injuries to starter Joe Kelly and closer Koji Uehara, the Red Sox may need to start determining pitching roles sooner rather than...
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March 25, 2015  |  Discuss
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