In some not so shocking news, the Boston Red Sox are starting to sort out their struggling starting rotation, and sent Felix Doubront to the bullpen. While there is more than one candidate to move to the bullpen, Doubront was the right choice.
After designating Chris Capuano for assignment, a hole was left in the bullpen for long relief. With their starting rotation under-performing, an opportunity arose for one of these pitchers to have the chance to straighten things out at the major-league level. When sending players into the bullpen, it allows for them to work on their mechanics in a non-pressure situation. Long relief is always used when a game is a blowout. So Doubront, although he may not be pleased, can try to regain his form.
The other choice may have been Jake Peavy. He has struggled, like Doubront, but Peavy has shown glimmers of hope at times. They may be few and far in between, but the Red Sox may have a little more faith in Peavy. Another intriguing reason may be that the Red Sox are trying to showcase him to other teams.
When the trade deadline approaches, and it’s almost a month away, teams in the hunt may turn to the Red Sox to acquire Peavy. A veteran pitcher, he would be welcomed on other teams to try and help bolster their starting rotation. A change to the National League might do Peavy some good.
The final reason I like the Doubront demotion is it gives another shot for Rubby De La Rosa to get back in the rotation. He’s seen great success thus far in his spot starts, going 2-2 with a 2.51 ERA, which are more than deserving of a spot in the rotation. If the Red Sox hope to stay in contention, they can’t afford to be throwing out these starters who just aren’t producing wins.
Doubront has been placed in the bullpen before and shared his displeasure in this move. Most recently, the move to the bullpen was made during the playoffs. It will be interesting to see how Doubront reacts to this move once again. Will he become an issue for the team? Or will he do what’s best for all? Either way, Doubront is now your long-relief pitcher. I can’t say I’d be too upset if I don’t see him much.