While there have been multiple disappointing moments for the Boston Red Sox on the field this season, one spot that stands out is the bullpen.
One theory for the bullpen’s struggles this season is the amount of innings the group has had to pitch this season. Only the Tampa Bay Rays and Kansas City Royals have more bullpen innings than the Red Sox this season.
“The brunt of that falls on the guys you really expect to get the job done when you talk about early (Alexi) Ogando, when he was getting guys out with a fastball that was in the mid-90s,” NESN’s Steve Lyons said on “Red Sox First Pitch” before Boston took on the New York Yankees on Wednesday. “You talk about (Junichi) Tazawa, who you know is going to pitch the eighth inning, and then Koji (Uehara) in the ninth.
“Those are the guys you’re expecting in games you are winning. Now, there were a lot of innings being pitched by guys you didn’t expect to because you were already getting beat 6-2 in the seventh. It’s over, so you throw someone in there.”
Hear more from Lyons and NESN’s Tom Caron in the video above.
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