Where was Koji Uehara in the Eighth Inning?

(April 17, 2016 - Source: Adam Glanzman/Getty Images North America)Evan MarinofskyContributing WriterEighth inning, 8-8 ball game, fresh off of a 3-run comeback. Koji-time right? Cue Darude's "Sandstorm"?Nope.For John Farrell it was William Cuevas-time: a triple-A call-up in his Major League debut. Cuevas pitched well in the seventh which was much-needed. He got the hold. Great job...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox game preview

TV: FOX Sports Sun TIME: Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. The Boston Red Sox's bullpen failed them over their last two games, something they didn't expect with the normally reliable arms of Koji Uehara and Craig Kimbrel at the ready.It might get more work if Joe Kelly can't grasp hold of his command issues.Boston's offense also will have to be more successful against Drew Smyly,...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Relief Pitcher Ball-in-Play Retrospective – AL

Over the last few weeks in this space, we’ve conducted a ball-in-play based analysis of position players’ and starting pitchers’ 2015 performance, the most recent post featuring an examination of starting pitchers in the AL West. Next, we’ll take a similar look at relief pitchers. It’s admittedly a little dicey to evaluate relief pitchers in this manner. The sample sizes...
Via Fangraphs
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Bullpen Profile: Boston Red Sox Setup Man Koji Uehara

The game of baseball can be won or lost in the seventh or eight innings, so it is important to have a stellar bullpen. A crazy fastball-slider combo or a funky delivery can do the trick.  Ian York uses PITCHf/x to break down Boston Red Sox setup man Koji Uehara. After Bartolo Colon and R. A. Dickey, Koji Uehara – at 41 years old – is the third-oldest active pitcher in the...
Via Sons of Sam Horn
16 days ago

The Red Sox Through Two Games: A Harbinger of What’s to Come?

We all watched what happened on Opening Day, and it was beautiful. Except for one short part of one inning where he lost his command just a smidge, David Price was overpowering. He held the Indians, who are supposed to be able to hit pretty well, to two runs over six innings while striking out 10. What’s more, he told The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier that he did it by cutting back...
Via BP Boston
26 days ago  |  Discuss

The Red Sox 2016 25-Man Roster Is All But Finalized

Unless something bizarre happens—like an injury or major trades—this is your Opening Day Red Sox roster for 2016:FIVE STARTING PITCHERS: David Price, Clay Buchholz, Rick Porcello, Joe Kelly, Steven Wright.SEVEN RELIEVERS: Craig Kimbrel, Koji Uehara, Junichi Tazawa, Tommy Layne, Matt Barnes, Robbie Ross, Jr., Noe Ramirez.TWO CATCHERS: Blake Swihart, Ryan Hanigan.FIVE OUTFIELDERS...
Via FenwayNation
March 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Red Sox Bullpen Outlook: Boston’s Relievers Still Strong Despite Recent Injuries

Don’t hit the panic button just yet, Red Sox fans. Boston’s bullpen still is pretty darn good despite a couple of recent injuries. The Red Sox traded starter Wade Miley to the Seattle Mariners this offseason in exchange for 26-year-old strikeout machine Carson Smith, but Smith will start the season on the disabled list with a strained right flexor muscle. Set-up man Koji Uehara...
Via NESN.com
March 29, 2016  |  Discuss

LEADING OFF: Cole, Uehara ready to return; Volquez tunes up

A look at what's happening all around spring training in Florida and Arizona today: --- ACE IS UP Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole is set to start against the Minnesota Twins. Slowed by a sore ribcage at the start of camp, Cole has appeared in only one Grapefruit League game, a two-inning stint March 13 against Detroit. He finished fourth in NL Cy Young Award voting last...
Via AP on Fox
March 28, 2016  |  Discuss

LEADING OFF: Uehara ready to return, Volquez tunes up

A look at what's happening all around spring training in Florida and Arizona on Monday: --- NOW WARMING Red Sox reliever Koji Uehara, who has been slowed by general soreness, is expected to throw against Baltimore. Uehara has pitched in two games so far, giving up five runs on seven hits and a walk in just 1 2/3 innings. TUNING UP Royals righty Edinson Volquez prepares for...
Via AP on Fox
March 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Matt Barnes Can Serve as Carson Smith’s Replacement

In retrospect, Dave Dombrowski hated last season’s bullpen. We know that now because he spent the off-season and quite a bit of capital to bring in two top relief pitchers. Craig Kimbrel is the big name but Carson Smith was, if numbers are to be believed, his equal, at least he was last season. Smith struck out an incredible 32.4 percent of the hitters he faced in 2015, good for...
Via BP Boston
March 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Gibson settles down and strikes out 7, Twins top Red Sox 9-4

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Kyle Gibson settled down after serving up a leadoff homer to Mookie Betts, striking out seven in an encouraging pitching performance that helped the Minnesota Twins beat the Boston Red Sox 9-4 on Wednesday night. Brian Dozier hit his second home run of the spring for the Twins. Eddie Rosario had a two-run homer and Byung Ho Park added a two-run double as Minnesota...
Via AP on Fox
March 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Christian Vazquez makes triumphant return to Red Sox after year-long recovery

It’s been a long 361 days since Christian Vazquez tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow last March, an injury that required Tommy John surgery and a lengthy recovery that cost him the entire 2015 season. Tuesday, the waiting finally was over, as the Boston Red Sox’s 25-year-old catcher crouched behind the plate in game action for the first time since the injury...
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March 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Carson Smith’s Uniquely Dominant Skillset

On November 12, the Red Sox had a bad bullpen. Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa were still at the head, but both were relative question marks coming off down seasons. On November 13, the Red Sox traded for Craig Kimbrel, and all of a sudden they had a good bullpen. That’s what bringing in one of the best relievers of all time will do. On December 7, the Red Sox traded for Carson...
Via BP Boston
February 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara: "I'll Keep Pitching Until No One Wants Me"

Koji With A Fan (FenwayNation Photo)Seemingly fully healed (from a broken wrist) and in good spirits, Koji Uehara is in Red Sox camp ready to take on eighth-inning duties. With the acquisition of new closer Craig Kimbrel, Koji is now pushed back to a set-up role—and he's OK with it. When pressed about possible retirement (he will be 41 years old on Opening Day), Uehara said the...
Via FenwayNation
February 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara has funny crack about how long he will pitch

Koji Uehara isn’t planning his farewell tour just yet. Uehara, whose 2015 season ended prematurely because of a broken wrist, will turn 41 before Opening Day, but the Boston Red Sox reliever indicated Tuesday he still has no plans to retire. No retirement plans for @TeamUehara. "I will keep pitching unless I am terrible and no team wants me." Then he started laughing — Pete...
Via NESN.com
February 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Appreciating the Quietly Dominant Koji Uehara

As the Red Sox look to rebound from their third last-place finish in their last four years, there are going to be a lot of story lines around the team. None will come close to the impending retirement of David Ortiz. He is one of the true legends in the franchise’s history, and his announcement that 2016 will be his final season changed everything about the year to come. He...
Via BP Boston
January 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Dave Dombrowski and Building a Dominant Bullpen

It’s an interesting thing in life when we can look at someone’s behavior and immediately identify its causes based on what we know of their past. Like when an actor tries to do a serious movie because they’ve only been seen as a comedian, or when a guy hits 40 and rushes out to by that ’86 Firebird he’d wanted since he was 11. These things are easy to diagnose, no degree...
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December 08, 2015  |  Discuss

The Wind Up: Let’s Make a Deal

Major League Baseball’s occupants have wasted little time this past week in making offseason waves. We’ve got three trades to discuss, a couple of notable surgeries, and what resulted from 20 extended qualifying offers. We’re just getting started, friends. Kimbrel Finds a New Home It looks like Koji Uehara is set to become the odd man out in Boston’s bullpen, unless the...
Via The Sports Post
November 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Craig Kimbrel and Koji Uehara to rumble for closer role

Koji Uehara (The Associated Press)Eric D. Schabell Contributing Writer The ink was not even dried yet on closer Craig Kimbrel's shiny new Boston Red Sox contract after being traded by the Padres, when manager John Farrell jumped on a call with Koji Uehara.The first thing Farrell asked was if Uehara would return to the setup role he held back at the start of his tenure with the Red...
Via RedSoxLife
November 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara Learns How To Throw Football Thanks To Eli Manning (Video)

Koji Uehara is known for his devastating splitter on the mound. But throwing a football? Not so much. At least that was the case until Thursday, when the Boston Red Sox closer visited the New York Giants’ locker room for some impromptu throwing lessons from quarterback Eli Manning. Look at that spiral. But as Manning points out in the video, Uehara probably still throws a baseball...
Via NESN.com
November 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Bullpen Offseason Outlook: Relief Unit Filled With Uncertainty

Building a formidable bullpen is difficult, tedious and often requires some luck. There’s so much year-to-year volatility with relievers that an awful bullpen one season can become a strong unit the next, and vice versa. The importance of finding the right mix of arms is especially vital nowadays, however, which makes this offseason interesting for the Boston Red Sox. Red Sox...
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October 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Claim Relief Pitcher Roman Mendez Off Waivers From Rangers

The Boston Red Sox added bullpen depth Friday. The Red Sox announced they claimed right-handed reliever Roman Mendez off waivers from the Texas Rangers. To make room for Mendez on the 40-man roster, the Red Sox moved closer Koji Uehara to the 60-day disabled list. The Red Sox are familiar with the 25-year-old pitcher. Mendez was signed by the Red Sox as an amateur free agent in...
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September 11, 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,”...
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August 24, 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...
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August 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Is Koji Uehara Is Wearing His Retirement On His Arm?

Red Sox closer Koji Uehara is out for the year. Back on August 7th, he was nailed by a line drive to his pitching arm—and was eventually diagnosed with a broken right wrist. But, maybe the 40-year old doesn't have to worry about his next contract—considering what's on his injured arm. The bright yellow cast is adorned by autographs by every player on the 2015 Red Sox squad. Now...
Via FenwayNation
August 21, 2015  |  Discuss
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