MLB Playoffs: Breaking Down the Boston Red Sox ALDS Bullpen
In slightly less than shocking news, the final bullpen spot for the Boston Red Sox goes to Felix Doubront. Doubront makes the roster over midseason acquisition Matt Thornton, and will join left-handed arms in the bullpen Craig Breslow and Franklin Morales.
The other slight surprise would be rookie Brandon Workman making the postseason roster. Workman had an ERA of 4.97 and only worked back-to-back days twice this season.
If Workman is the weakness in the Red Sox bullpen, the strength comes in the back end. The eight and ninth innings will be in good hands between Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara. In fact, the biggest advantage of any position in this series might very well be at the closer role.
Uehara blew just three saves all year while converting 21, meanwhile, Tampa Bay Rays closer Fenando Rodney, blew eight saves this season and had an era in the mid 3s.
Ryan Dempster joins Doubront as a regular contributor to the Red Sox rotation during the regular season that will contribute from the bullpen this postseason. Dempster can be used to eat up multiple innings, or be used late in games as he has significant experience at closer when with the Chicago Cubs.
While the Red Sox will carry three left-handed relievers and four right-handers, they do not have a guy that is a natural right-handed specialist. Tazawa will likely be used to get the situational right-handed batter, which leaves Dempster and Workman to serve as a late-inning righty.