The Boston Red Sox have been pretty much scuffling as the season has started. The offense hasn’t jelled. They have had some injuries to a few key players. The starting pitching outside of Jon Lester has been inconsistent. It seems as though every game that Boston has played, they are always battling from behind. However, there is one thing going very well for the Red Sox right now and that is their bullpen.
We knew that it would be a strength because Ben Cherington made it a point to make the relief corps very deep. It was good last year, but down the stretch you could tell that John Farrell had to rely heavily on Craig Breslow, Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara because those were his three most dependable relievers.
Those three relievers have been just as consistent so far this year. Tazawa and Uehara have not given up a run so far and Breslow has a 1.80 ERA. What has been a big help so far for those three pitchers is the return of Andrew Miller. Last season, he was a dangerous weapon from the left side and was an extremely effective reliever until a foot injury sidelined him for a good part of 2013.
Another key addition has been the long reliever Chris Capuano. He has yet to give up an earned run and has given Boston many quality scoreless innings. As good for team chemistry as Ryan Dempster was (and who doesn’t miss his travel attire?), Capuano has been the much better pitcher.
If Burke Badenhop and Edward Mujica can become more consistent as their most recent outings suggest, then Boston could have the best bullpen in MLB. Just stop playing from behind. Please?