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It may be time for a bullpen upgrade.
We all know that Dave Dombrowski and the Boston Red Sox stood pat at the deadline in the bullpen area. Since then, Dombrowski has faced scrutiny from numerous fans and insiders saying that a bullpen arm was needed. Dombrowski has a second-chance and could get a bullpen arm in a waiver trade before August 31st.
The Red Sox bullpen has been struggling lately. In the past few games, we have gotten to see different relievers used in high leverage situations and the Red Sox bullpen has not performed well in that department. Matt Barnes, Joe Kelly, Tyler Thornburg and Brandon Workman are guys that have been struggling in August. They also have not been performing well in high leverage situations.
Let’s take last night as an example.. Joe Kelly came into the game after Nate Eovaldi was pulled. Kelly came into a situation with runners on first and second with one out. Kelly struck out the first batter he faced, but then gave up an RBI single. Brandon Workman and Tyler Thornburg both appeared in last night’s game after Kelly and gave up runs, as well.
Last night wasn’t the only game where the bullpen wasn’t good in a big situation. It has happened several times in August with a couple of the Red Sox relievers. Matt Barnes has allowed four runs in his seven innings he has pitched in this month. Thornburg has given up eight hits, two homers and four walks in 7.2 innings in August.
Alex Cora‘s explanation for the bullpen’s poor performance in high leverage situations lately is the fact that he hasn’t been able to use most of the Red Sox relievers in those type of situations, which is understandable. I just think it would be the right idea to go get another bullpen arm to have just in case. We can’t afford to give up runs in big situations in the postseason. There are options on the waiver-trade market Dombrowski is just going to have to make it happen.