The Boston Globe’s Amalie Benjamin joined Tom Caron on Thursday’s edition of Red Sox Gameday Live to break down the Sox’ pitching. Benjamin feels the five combined scoreless innings from Daniel Bard, Jonathan Papelbon and Hideki Okajima were critical in the win.
“It was huge for this team,” Benjamin said. “It was key that the Red Sox bullpen could keep up with [the Rangers].”
Benjamin feels other middle relievers will need to step up for the Red Sox to be successful this season.
“There’s been some trouble with [Manny] Delcarmen,” Benjamin said. “There’s been some trouble with Ramon Ramirez.”
The Red Sox should get relief in the form of Daisuke Matsuzaka soon enough. Matsuzaka won’t join the bullpen, but his return will move one of the Sox starters out of the rotation.
“It is clear that [Matsuzaka] will be taking someone’s spot,” Benjamin said. “They are not going to go with a six-man rotation at this point.”
Check out what else Benjamin had to say in the video below.
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