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Old 05-12-2019, 11:54 AM   #41
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Red Sox Reset: Sox come up short against Yankees as bullpen falters once again



The 2019 Boston Red Sox are not as good as the 2019 New York Yankees. Not yet.

That much is clear after the Yankees came into Fenway and took both games to move 4.5 games ahead of the Red Sox in the division. Granted, both games were tied late but the Yankees got the key hits when it mattered most, which is sometimes all it takes.

The bullpen continues to be an enigma for Alex Cora and the Red Sox as both Ryan Brasier and Matt Barnes, arguably the team's two best relievers, took losses over the weekend. We'll touch on the bullpen later but there is a bigger concern with this team - the lack of home run power.

The Sox offense dried up this week, as the team scored just 18 runs in five games. More concerning, however, is the fact that they hit only two home runs during this stretch - both solo shots.

J.D. Martinez continues to carry this team when it comes to the long ball - of course, he was one of the two players to go yard this week - and leads the club with 29 home runs on the season. Considering the season is just over halfway complete, that puts him on peace for well over 50 home runs on the year. It also means that he's responsible for 30% of the team's long balls in 2019 (97) total.

In fact, if you add in Mookie Betts' 17 home runs, two players are responsible for almost half of all home runs hit by the Red Sox so far. Simply put, that is not good enough. The return of Xander Bogaerts should help in this area (although he will once again hit the IL with another injury), but the Sox really need guys like Andrew Benintendi, Steve Pearce, and Mitch Moreland to produce more power.

The Yankees hit two, two-run home runs on the weekend - and they outscored the Red Sox by three runs. You do the math.

The week in review
Chicago White Sox at Boston Red Sox
Jun 24, 2019123456789RHE
Chicago (42-35)0040023009103
Boston (48-32)100000000151
W: Santana (5-7) L: Rodriguez (6-5)

Chicago White Sox at Boston Red Sox
Jun 25, 2019123456789RHE
Chicago (43-35)000000000061
Boston (48-33)00023000x5120
W: Sale (10-2) L: Nova (7-5)

Chicago White Sox at Boston Red Sox
Jun 26, 2019123456789RHE
Chicago (43-36)001000100280
Boston (49-33)30000011x580
W: Porcello (7-5) L: Kopech (5-6) S: Barnes (24)


New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox
Jun 29, 2019123456789RHE
New York (52-30)210000020581
Boston (50-33)0000120003110
W: Ottavino (7-1) L: Brasier (2-6) S: Chapman (27)

New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox
Jun 30, 2019123456789RHE
New York (53-30)001200010490
Boston (50-34)010010100361
W: Kahnle (5-1) L: Barnes (1-2) S: Chapman (28)




Three up
1. Didi Gregorious and Luke Voit: If you had to rank the Yankees hitters in terms of threats, Gregorious and Voit may not crack the top five. But they killed the Red Sox over the weekend. On Saturday, it was Gregorious taking Ryan Brasier deep in the eighth inning to give the Yankees a lead and the win. On Sunday, Voit took Chris Sale deep and drove in three runs, including the game-winning run in the eighth off Matt Barnes. In total, the pair went 6-15 with two home runs and seven RBI in the two-game series.

2. Michael Chavis: Chavis gets another crack at the big league level after a disappointing stint the first time back in April, and he appears ready to make the most of it. Filling in for the injured Xander Bogaerts (more on him later), Chavis cranked his first career home run on Sunday and also smoked a double off the Green Monster. The Sox appear set to give him a chance to start every day until Bogaerts returns, and its up for Chavis to make the most of the opportunity.

3. Chris Sale: No, he didn't shut down the Yankees completely on Sunday but he was good - three runs in just over six innings of work to go along with 14 strikeouts. In two starts this week, Sale went 1-0 and allowed only 13 hits and three walks in 13 2/3 innings while striking out 20 batters. He continues to be a frontrunner for the Cy Young and has arguably been the MVP of the team so far.

Three down
1. Ryan Brasier and Matt Barnes: On Saturday, Cora used Nathan Eovaldi in the sixth inning to help get the game to his backend relievers. He then brought in Brasier for the seventh who retired the Yankees on just eight pitches, prompting Cora to bring him back out for the eighth. This proved to be a mistake, as Gregorious smoked a hanging slider over the wall in straightaway center. On Sunday, he decided to go straight to Barnes in the eighth - but this also backfired, as he surrendered the go ahead run. The team needs Brasier and Barnes to come through in situations like this - the pair now sport a combined 3-8 record on the season.

2. Mookie Betts: Coming off one of the hottest weeks of his career, Mookie went ice cold at a bad time. He picked up just three hits in 21 at-bats this week and none of them were for extra bases. Over the weekend against the Yankees, he went 0-8 with a walk. Overall, the team needs Mookie to be more consistent - he's too important to go this cold against the Yankees.

3. Hector Velazquez: The long-relief man slash spot starter has been pretty good for the Red Sox all season, and has been happy to fill any role required of him. He had a brutal outing on Monday, however, allowing three walks and four hits in just one inning of work which saw five White Sox hitters cross the plate.



Just wondering...
1. Is this going to be a lost season for Xander Bogaerts? The team got a big boost when their starting shortstop returned after missing two months due to a wrist injury, and he responded with three runs scored and three RBI while hitting .375. Alas, Bogaerts sprained his MCL Saturday against the Yankees and will return to the IL. He is expected to miss two weeks.

2. Is the pitching good enough? Don't look now, but we are about to start July. The trade deadline is quickly approaching, and it is pretty clear that Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox will need to make a move or two to improve this team if they want to repeat as World Series champions. The bullpen has struggled throughout the year, and the starting pitching has been great at times and horrible at other times. The Sox should be looking at acquiring a relief pitcher at the very least who can help close out games in the late innings, and may even need to consider adding another starter.
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Red Sox Reset - Monthly Edition: 16 win month not enough for Sox to make up any ground in AL East division race



On June 1st, the Boston Red Sox sat in third place in the American League East, 6.5 games out of first place.

On July 1st, the Boston Red Sox still sit in third place in the American League East, 6 games out of first place.

Not a whole lot has changed in the past month, with the exception of the Red Sox putting together some solid, consistent baseball. In fact, if you take out the recent 2-5 blip in the final seven games, the Sox put up an impressive 14-5 record the rest of June.

Still, it hasn't been enough for this team to gain on the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays. Whenever they seem to make ground on one team, the other pulls ahead. It should remain this way for the rest of the season.

The Sox let two slip away this past week against the Blue Jays, but they will have a chance to redeem themselves with seven games against Toronto coming up in the next 18 days. They also get a World Series rematch when the Los Angeles Dodgers visit Fenway following the All Star Game.

All eyes are focused on the end of the month, however.

Starting Monday July 22nd, the Sox will play 13 straight games against the Rays and Yankees. Seven of these will be at Fenway, including four against Tampa. This will also take the team through the trade deadline.

Essentially, we will know everything we need to know about the 2019 Red Sox come August 4th. They may look a little different than they do now - there are holes at first, potentially short, and in the bullpen that need to be addressed - but this stretch will tell us whether or not they have what it takes to repeat as World Series champions.



At the end of April, we looked at several areas of concern on the team and whether or not they could be fixed. Today, let's take a more positive spin - here are three areas of strength, and whether or not they can be sustained.

1. Scoring runs without hitting home runs: The Red Sox aren't exactly slouches when it comes to the long ball - they are tied for 14th in the MLB with 97 as a team, which is 16 more than Tampa Bay. J.D. Martinez is responsible for 29 of these, however, and there is a significant power outage when you look at the lineup outside of Martinez and Mookie Betts. That said, the team ranks fifth overall and third in the AL in runs scored (402), thanks in large part to a number of doubles (154) and solid team batting average (.278).

Can it last? Yes. The concern over the lack of home runs is overblown - it isn't like the Sox are last in the league or anything along those lines. Last year the team led the MLB in runs scored despite only ranking ninth in home runs. The team only really has one pure home run hitter in Martinez. Sure, it would be nice if Andrew Benintendi, Mitch Moreland, Dustin Pedroia, Xander Bogaerts, and Steve Pearce went yard a little more frequently (the five have combined for just 17 home runs so far) - but it feels like the Red Sox are over their run scoring problem for earlier in the season.

2. Starting Pitching: The Red Sox rank eighth in the league in team ERA, fourth in team shutouts, sixth in home runs allowed, first in walks allowed, and fifth in strikeouts. Chris Sale is battling with Collin McHugh and Blake Snell for the midway Cy Young award, but currently leads the majors in strikeouts (151) and is tied for fourth in wins (10). David Price seems to have figured out his struggles and has put together three strong starts in a row, while Eduardo Rodriguez is having a breakout season. Nathan Eovaldi and Rick Porcello are solid if not spectacular.

Can it last? Maybe. When the starters are on, they are nearly untouchable. The problem is that they have been far too inconsistent over the past six weeks or so. Some of it is just baseball - you aren't going to have your best stuff every time out - but there are some issues that are concerning. Sale, Price, and Eovaldi have been tagged for 45 home runs so far, while Price, Eovaldi, and Porcello all have WHIPs higher than 1.40. Sale also left a start early with a sore shoulder, which brought back bad memories from the second half of last season. The Sox may be in the market for a starting pitcher depending on how the next few weeks shake out.

3. Jackie Bradley Jr., Rafael Devers, and Sandy Leon: Part of the reason the Red Sox have survived the before mentioned power outage from some of their hitters is because they have gotten a surprising number of home runs from this trio. Combined, they've hit 27 home runs so far - an impressive total, considering they hit 39 total last year. Devers has settled in nicely in clean-up position behind Martinez while Leon has offered some clutch hitting, particularly with the bases loaded, down at the bottom of the order. JBJ has been the ultimate Swiss army knife - sometimes hitting leadoff, sometimes second, sometimes fifth, and sometimes ninth.

Can it last? Tough to say. Devers has seen his average drop by over .20 points in the last week while Bradley Jr. is in his own slump. Leon has taken the starting role and run with it, but he will likely go back to splitting time with Christian Vazquez when he returns from the IL. Expect Devers to rebound and push for 25 home runs, but it is likely realistic that we will see both JBJ and Leon tail off as the season progresses.



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Red Sox Reset: Sox grind out back-to-back series' wins heading into All-Star break



It wasn't pretty, but the Sox rebounded from their 2-5 record last week to pick up series wins against both the Toronto Blue Jays and Detroit Tigers and will head into the All-Star break with a record of 54-37.

After hitting just two home runs last week, the Sox exploded for 12 home runs this week, including hitting four on Tuesday against the Jays in the 5-3 victory. The only problem? 11 came with the bases empty. As a result, the team only scored 24 runs in the six games - not terrible, but not great, and certainly not in line with the number of home runs they hit during this stretch.

One bright spot, however? Darwinzon Hernandez.

The young left-hander has been outstanding for the Red Sox since he was called up from AAA. In 16 2/3 innings of work, he's allowed just 10 hits and zero runs scored. He was especially good this week - on Tuesday, he entered the eighth inning with a two-run lead and runners on first and second with only one out. He proceeded to retire Justin Smoak and Teoscar Hernandez to end the inning. On Sunday, he entered the game when David Price was pulled after two innings with a hip flexor. He mowed the Tigers down, rolling through seven innings allowing just four baserunners and no runs to score.

The real question is, has he made Rick Porcello expendable? The former Cy Young winner has a career 67-48 record as a member of the Red Sox, but he is also making over $20 million. With guys like Mookie Betts, Matt Barnes, Jackie Bradley Jr., Andrew Benintendi, and Eduardo Rodriguez set to hit arbitration, that money could come in handy. Don't be surprised if we see Hernandez in the starting rotation to begin next season, and he may have earned himself a few spot starts this year as well.

The week in review
Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays
Jul 2, 2019123456789RHE
Boston (50-35)1121000005140
Toronto (36-49)300000000391
W: Price (6-7) L: Stroman (7-5) S: Barnes (25)

Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays
Jul 3, 2019123456789RHE
Boston (51-35)000020000260
Toronto (36-50)01000200x380
W: Borucki (3-10) L: Eovaldi (8-5) S: Giles (21)

Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays
Jul 4, 2019123456789RHE
Boston (51-36)000001020380
Toronto (37-50)200000000230
W: Porcello (8-5) L: Mayza (1-1) S: Barnes (26)


Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers
Jul 5, 2019123456789RHE
Boston (52-36)1000030015122
Detroit (34-51)22002000x6151
W: Fulmer (6-6) L: Rodriguez (6-6) S: Norris (18)

Red Sox at Tigers |
Jul 6, 2019123456789ExtrasRHE
Boston (52-37)01001001036110
Detroit (35-51)0200001000371
W: Barnes (2-2) L: Stumpf (1-2)

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Boston (53-37)000000000033120
Detroit (35-52)00000000000021
W: Thornburg (4-1) L: Norris (0-4) S: Barnes (27)




Three up
1. Starters not named Eduardo Rodriguez: The Red Sox starting pitching, outside of Eduardo Rodriguez, had a great week. In five starts (not including Rodriguez or David Price's abbreviated start on Sunday), the starters went 2-1 and struck out 27 batters compared to just four walks. While they did allow 11 runs in 27 1/3 innings (not terrible but not outstanding), no starter surrendered more than three runs. If the Red Sox can get quality pitching like this the rest of the way, they will have a chance to win every game they play.

2. Matt Barnes: After a disappointing performance over the weekend against the Yankees, the backend of the bullpen was much better this week. It all started (and ended) with Matt Barnes. Barnes picked up three saves and a win, and didn't allow a hit in his four appearances. On Saturday he pitched a scoreless ninth to keep the game tied, and then closed the game out in the tenth. Barnes now has 27 saves on the season to go along with a 2.11 ERA, and has earned himself a spot on the American League All-Star team.

3. Michael Chavis: The Red Sox are facing a tough decision with Xander Bogaerts set to return following the All-Star break. Not so much about who will start - the team desperately needs Bogaerts back, both on the field and in the lineup - but who to send down. Chavis has flashed since his return, and hit another home run this week while scoring three runs and picking up seven hits in total. The recent injury to Mitch Moreland will allow him to stay on the roster for another week or so - at that point, the Sox will have a decision to make about who to keep (or Bogaerts will be hurt again).

Three down
1. Eduardo Rodriguez: Rodriguez was brutal on Friday against the Tigers. In just two innings of work, he allowed six hits and four runs while throwing 64 pitches. Rodriguez has been a bright spot in the first half of the season, but may have hit a wall - in his last three starts, he is 0-2 with an 8.25 ERA. He now sits at 6-6 with a 3.66 ERA on the season.

2. Rafael Devers' fielding: This continues to be an issue for the Red Sox. He made another error on Friday which eventually lead to two runs for the Tigers - a game the Red Sox lost by one. His fielding percentage on the season is just .935 while his nine errors ranks last in the league among all starting third basemen. The team wants to keep his bat in the lineup - that very game he picked up two hits, including a two-run home run - but it may be time to start subbing him out of games in the later innings.

3. Mitch Moreland: The Red Sox first baseman is just the latest in a long line of players to have hit the injury list this season He left Tuesday's game with a pulled calf and will miss at least two weeks. Moreland hasn't had a great half - he has just five home runs and 19 RBI so far, to go along with a mediocre .312 OBP - but he has been a plus defender, as his 8.07 range factor ranks eighth in the league among all first basemen.



Just wondering...
1. How will Alex Cora set the rotation? With four days off for the All-Star Game, Cora has the freedom to alter the rotation whichever way he sees fit. His eyes have to be fixated on the end of the month when they play 13 straight games against the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees. Ideally, Chris Sale will get three starts. After that? It's anyones guess. Don't be surprised if one of Hernandez or Hector Velazquez makes a spot start somewhere along the way - the Sox will play 17 straight games before their next day off.

2. Can J.D. Martinez win the home run derby? Martinez has cranked 32 home runs so far, and is tied with Mike Trout for the most in the majors. He will have some tough competition - Trout, obviously, but also Justin Upton (29 home runs) and Bryce Harper (26 home runs). Martinez has a chance - and we can only hope it's a Martinez vs Trout final for sheer entertainment value.
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I'm starting to crack up at some of this stuff. The O's relegation paragraph, then the self-aware Benintendi blurb. Pretty good month on the field too. I'm enjoying seeing you get better with the bats especially with how you felt about the hitting when you started.
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I'm starting to crack up at some of this stuff. The O's relegation paragraph, then the self-aware Benintendi blurb. Pretty good month on the field too. I'm enjoying seeing you get better with the bats especially with how you felt about the hitting when you started.
Ha, thanks. I'm enjoying doing it this way. Although I think for that 13 game stretch against New York and Tampa I may go game by game. That is basically the season right there.
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Red Sox Reset - All-Star Edition: Martinez belts out 28 home runs to win derby



J.D. Martinez put on a show Monday night at Progressive Field in Cleveland, hitting 28 total home runs over three rounds to win the derby, his first career appearance in the contest.

Martinez was given the number one overall seed and drew Jose Ramirez in the first round, taking down his seven home runs relatively easily. Up next was Nolan Arenado who put a solid 11 on the board. Martinez actually trailed 11-10 with less than 30 seconds remaining but hit two consecutive moon shots to advance.

In the finals, the fans didn't quite get what they wanted - a Martinez-Trout matchup. Instead it was Justin Upton, who took down Trout in the second round by blasting 15 home runs. Unfortunately, it appeared Upton used up all of his long balls, as he only put up a score of seven which Martinez took down no problem.



In the All-Star Game on Tuesday, the American League jumped out to an early lead and didn't look back, hammering the National League by a score of 13-0. Martinez was joined by fellow Red Sox players Mookie Betts, Matt Barnes, and Chris Sale.

Betts picked up three hits in the win, driving in two and scoring twice himself, while Martinez went 2-4 with an RBI and two runs scored as well. Barnes pitched a scoreless eighth inning striking out a better, while Chris Sale didn't make an appearance in the game - likely because Alex Cora was looking to give him as much rest as possible before the regular season starts back up again.
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Red Sox Reset: Short week brings World Series rematch against Dodgers as Sox show they still have L.A.'s number



It must be extremely frustrating to be a Los Angeles sports fan and see a matchup with a Boston team on the schedule. "Beat L.A." has become almost synonymous with "Yankees suck" for self-proclaimed M*******s.

The Dodgers were the latest victim to come into Boston and leave empty handed. Of course, this doesn't sting as badly as the defeat last October, or the Rams loss in February, but it is still another example of a Boston team beating a Los Angeles team.

Granted, the Dodgers were able to come into Fenway Friday night and take the first game of the series, belting out 13 hits and scoring nine runs in the process. Of course, this is in large part because Nathan Eovaldi lasted just two batters before leaving with a pulled groin. The Red Sox bullpen struggled once again (more on that later), and the Dodgers appeared set to at least take a series win.

Unfortunately for them, David Price and Chris Sale were waiting.

Price has experienced a remarkable turnaround - there were once rumours of him being demoted to the bullpen, but now he has become arguably the Sox second most valuable pitcher behind Sale. Although Price didn't have his best stuff on Saturday (allowing five walks compared to just five strikeouts), he held the Dodgers to just two runs. In their two starts, Sale and Price combined to throw for 13 innings, allowing just 11 hits and four runs. Sale once again was dominant, allowing just two walks against nine strikeouts.

The offense also came alive on Sunday after scoring just seven runs in the first two games of the series. Seven of the nine hitters in the lineup drove in a run, while everyone except Sandy Leon crossed the plate at least once. Six players had at least two hits, while Mookie Betts and Dustin Pedroia each picked up three.

On July 14th last season, the Red Sox had a record of 67-30. This year, they sit at 56-38. It isn't surprising the team hasn't been able to repeat what last year's group did, and outside of that bad slump towards the end of April, the Sox have been consistently winning games and series. They haven't been able to put together a streak, however - with back-to-back wins over the Dodgers and seven games coming up against Toronto and Baltimore, this might be the perfect time for the Red Sox to reel off seven or eight straight wins.

The week in review
Los Angeles Dodgers at Boston Red Sox
Jul 12, 2019123456789RHE
Los Angeles (52-40)0030003309130
Boston (54-37)000000040480
W: Urias (1-0) L: Hernandez (1-1)

Los Angeles Dodgers at Boston Red Sox
Jul 13, 2019123456789RHE
Los Angeles (53-40)000011000260
Boston (54-38)000020001382
W: Barnes (3-2) L: Ferguson (9-3)

Los Angeles Dodgers at Boston Red Sox
Jul 14, 2019123456789RHE
Los Angeles (53-41)0010010608120
Boston (55-38)00003241x10160
W: Sale (11-2) L: Ryu (5-4) S: Barnes (28)




Three takeaways
1. Outside of Matt Barnes and (sometimes) Ryan Brasier, the bullpen is a disaster There have been rumours floating around that the Red Sox scouts have been looking around the league for relief pitching, and honestly, it can't come soon enough. The bullpen is taking on water and is sinking at an alarming rate. Over the three games against the Dodgers, Barnes and Brasier combined to throw 4 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and two walks. The other relievers? They threw 4 1/3 innings, surrendering 12 hits and 12 runs scored, striking out just four batters compared to five walks. Those numbers don't even include Hernandez' performance on Friday, who battled through four innings after taking over for the injured Eovaldi, giving up three runs and six hits. Basically - a disaster. While the trade deadline is approaching quickly, this team may need to make a move in the next week or two.

2. Extra-base hit party The Red Sox have one of the best offenses in the American League, but at times it doesn't always feel that way. They can never seem to get everyone clicking at the same time - when Betts goes off, Devers slumps. When Bogaerts has a big game, Benintendi is quiet. Over the weekend, however, the entire offense put on a show with extra-base power. The team blasted three home runs, one triple, and nine (!) doubles in the three game series, and scored 17 runs overall (with 10, of course, coming on Sunday).

3. Michael Chavis proving he deserves to stay Chavis had a brutal stretch with the Red Sox when he was first called up, which coincided with some of the worst baseball the team has played this year. Since returning from injury, however, Chavis has looked like a different player. He made two starts over the weekend against the Dodgers - one at second and one at shortstop - and absolutely raked. He picked up three hits (one home run and two doubles), scored three runs and drove in six. With Chavis' versatility in the infield and his hot bat at the plate, Alex Cora needs to continue to find ways to get him into the line up.
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Red Sox Roster Reset: Another bullpen meltdown leads to significant roster changes



Tuesday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays was the final straw - Dave Dombrowski and Alex Cora have seen enough.

The Red Sox entered the seventh inning with a 6-4 lead. Eduardo Rodriguez hadn't been great but hadn't been terrible either. Most importantly, he pitched well enough to give the Red Sox a chance to win the game. Cora called upon Heath Hembree to start the seventh inning - then everything went wrong.

Hembree allowed three straight hits without recording an out. Cora then elected to bring in Darwinzon Hernandez to pitch to Justin Smoak, who proceeded to draw a week. Electing to play the matchups, Cora went to Brasier - the score now 6-5 with two men on base and still nobody out.

Brasier was brutal. He allowed all four batters he faced to reach base - two via the hit, one via the walk, and the other after getting hit by a pitch. Cora then decided to bring in Jenrry Mejia - he allowed three more hits without getting an out. In came Tyler Thornburg, who allowed another hit before eventually retiring the Jays, who now led 15-6 thanks to an 11-run outburst. Thornburg would give up three more in the eighth as the Jays would pound out 18 runs total.

The combination of Hembree, Hernandez, Brasier, Mejia, and Thornburg was able to get just six outs. In doing so, they surrendered 13 hits and 14 runs, while also walking four batters and hitting another.

That's an ERA of 63.00 and a WHIP of 8.50. Let that sink in for a moment.

The following day the hammer came, and it came hard. Three pitchers were optioned to AAA - Hector Velazquez (to make room for the return of Mitch Moreland), Mejia, and Hembree.

In total, Mejia pitched nine innings in his return to the big leagues and surrendered 14 runs and 16 hits. While he did strikeout 16 batters, he also walked six - giving him a WHIP of 2.44. Hembree was also having a rough stretch - his WHIP sat at 1.47 thanks to his 16 walks in just 36 innings.

To replace both pitchers, the Sox announced the return of Brandon Workman from AAA. In just over 37 innings of work, Workman had allowed just 12 walks and struck out 43 batters, possessing a 2.87 ERA.

The team also announced the signing of free agent Bud Norris. Norris was effective as a closer for the St. Louis Cardinals last season, picking up 28 saves. He received a two year deal worth four million total, with a club option for the second year.

While these moves are a start, they feel like a patch rather than a long-term fix. Ryan Brasier and Tyler Thornburg have been extremely inconsistent, and the team can only rely on Matt Barnes to do so much. In fact, if you take out Barnes, the bullpen currently has a total WAR of -1.6. That, in a word, is awful. They still also only have one left-handed reliever - the rookie Hernandez.

Around the league, there are several relievers currently on the trade block, including Adam Conley in Miami and Jose Alvarez in Philadelphia. Still, it feels like this team needs to make at least one serious addition - a guy who could fill the eighth inning role or even close, allowing Cora more flexibility with how he uses Matt Barnes.

One possibility? Josh Hader. Hader has once again been excellent for a Brewers team that currently sits in fourth place in the NL Central. Rumour has it the Brewers aren't necessarily actively trying to move Hader but would be open to trade discussions - especially if they involved a top caliber pitching prospect, one like Jay Groome.

Groome would be a huge sacrifice for a rental, but maybe not for a guy like Hader who is just 25 and under team control until 2024. The Red Sox will see if these latest moves have any positive impact on a bullpen that is currently one of the worst in the majors - even if they do, it feels like a big move is coming.
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