Koji Uehara’s Steady Return To Bullpen Has Made Everyone Else Better

The Boston Red Sox’s bullpen has posted a major-league best 0.89 ERA in September. It’s no coincidence that the back end of the pitching staff has clicked in the same stretch that saw Koji Uehara return to it.

Boston’s 41-year-old former closer missed nearly two months of action after a pectoral injury in July, and Boston’s bullpen subsequently went into a downward spiral. But in seven games since Uehara’s return, he’s re-established himself (seven innings, four hits, eight strikeouts and zero runs allowed) as Boston’s eighth-inning setup man for closer Craig Kimbrel and allowed everyone else to slide into a more clearly defined role.

The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier joined NESN’s Tom Caron on “Red Sox Gameday Live” before Wednesday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles to discuss the impact of Uehara on Boston’s ‘pen. Check out his analysis in the video above.

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