The World Series has finally arrived, but it would be wise for the Red Sox to make a few last minute additions.
It’s hard to believe, but it has been five full years since the Boston Red Sox were competing for a World Series title. Then, it was the St. Louis Cardinals that invaded Fenway Park, but now it’s the Los Angeles Dodgers that may be receiving a rude awakening to late fall weather in New England.
Throughout the postseason, the bullpen has been an underlying storyline. Identified as a weakness before the first pitch of the ALDS, the Red Sox bullpen has excelled and powered this team to a World Series birth. The emergence of Ryan Brasier, Matt Barnes, and Joe Kelly have combined to sail through middle innings while Alex Cora has effectively used starters in the late innings as well.
The Obvious Decision
Despite the large success, the Red Sox could stand to make a couple of additions. It was announced that Steven Wright should be available to pitch and will likely be added to the roster. The addition / subtraction seems like common sense as he was replaced by Heath Hembree in the ALDS. Hembree has delivered 3.2 scoreless innings throughout the postseason, but has appeared in very low leverage spots.
This move seems quite obvious and the addition of Wright will be a welcomed sight for the Red Sox, and fans.
The Dark Horse
Brandon Workman was a huge piece of the puzzle for the Red Sox in 2013. He allowed zero earned runs throughout their run to a World Series title, yielding high expectations for a 2018 run. However, this season has not been quite as kind. Workman has allowed 5 earned runs in one total inning of work. It’s been a disappointing run for a player that had moderate success throughout the majority of the season.
It’s no secret that there is a lot of power in the Dodgers’ order, specifically left-handed bats. Cody Bellinger (25 HR’s), Joc Pederson (25 HR’s), and Max Muncy (35 HR’s) have proven to be valuable assets for Dave Roberts‘ club and are known for the immense pop in their bats. Despite the homerun numbers, each has struggled against lefties, hitting .255 / .211 / .226 respectively.
The Red Sox don’t have a matchup lefty on the current postseason roster. Yes, Eduardo Rodriguez could be given that opportunity, but it is something that he hasn’t done as a starting pitcher. However, Bobby Poyner is holding left handed batters to a mere .143 batting average this season.
Poyner was a potential roster snub to begin with, but the poor performance of Workman combined with the success against LHH’s may give the young Sox arm a shot at the roster. It’s a move that I don’t anticipate happening, but would be a valuable, proactive move for the Red Sox.