More Sox projections…better get them out at a quicker pace. Or else the season will be half over. As well as the Stanley Cup and NBA playoffs. And the NFL draft. And the socc…ok, nevermind on that last one. But there is a lot to comment on these days. And I haven’t. Shame on me.
Anyway, we’ll make this one short. Or try to. Here is my take on the bullpen:
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Hanrahan–May have to adjust that HR total. I may even have been generous all around, since his numbers here are fairly decent compared to what I have been saying publicly. In real life I have been calling him Melancon 2.0. Guy coming over from an inferior league, on a bad team in a bad division and ending up in the AL East. Not ideal. But I think the Sox will stick with him, not only because they want him to close, but because Bailey will surely get hurt again.
Bailey–Probably would have been my choice to start the year as closer…again, until he got hurt. Think he will end up with save chances and probably even take the role over for a stretch. But health will likely prevent him from keeping it. Too bad…he looks pretty good so far. Like he has something to prove.
Tazawa–Appears to be the next in line here. Fantastic finish to 2012, but wonder if that was mostly due to pitching in not many high pressure situations. Then, when they threw him in some, it was late in the year against weaker September lineups. Jury is still out in my mind.
Uehara–Extremely good pitcher since coming to the States. However just isn’t out there a whole hell of a lot. And the Sox have already stated their intention to “protect” him. Will be valuable when out there, but because of the “protection”, how reliable can he be over the course of the season?
Miller–Not going to make 78 appearances if he can’t get the first batter out, as has been the case thus far. But we’ll go with what we first thought coming into the season. Sort of found his role last year and expected to see continued improvement. But with relievers, I guess you never know.
Mortensen–He’s there right now. And not a bad 12th/13th pitcher on a staff. But eventually will go when Morales/Breslow/etc. come back from injury…or there is another Bard sighting. Probably will get dealt for another end of staff pitcher at some point, one that may have options remaining. Needs to gain like 50 pounds too.
Wilson–Up earlier than expected. May have played a bigger role over the summer than I expected anyway. But originally thought most of his appearances would be in September.
Breslow–Will figure into the bullpen mix before long. Steady vet that will be solid, but not spectacular. Not much else really to say here.
Bard–Have to figure he will get another shot at some point. But not convinced that he is all the way back, or ever will be. Both him and the team made a major mistake in trying to convert him to starter. Breaking news, I know. But how could they both overlook the fact that he got hammered in the minors as a starter and that was why he was in the ‘pen to begin with? Hard to figure.
Carpenter–Surely he will get a shot again as well…injuries, late season callup. He was compensation for Theo, after all.
Carter–The Sox seemed to love him in Spring Training. So maybe he’ll get his cup of coffee at some point during the year as well.
De La Rosa–Think the Sox will try and keep Rubby in the minors all year to continue to develop and get back from his Tommy John surgery. But if he gets any time, will probably be in September…and in the bullpen. Would love to see him and Webster get a legitimate shot at the rotation though in 2014…at the latest.
1 more projection to go…bench guys…or at least those who started the season on the bench…and the rest of those stragglers…