Saturday, December 7, 2013
So Jonathan Papelbon has a 12.60 ERA in five innings of work this spring. Worried?
Normally, you toss out the "it's only spring training" line, except this is Papelbon we're talking about and he is coming off a season when he blew eight saves.
So, how do you like the bullpen so far?
In today's Baseball Column, we look at the bullpen vacancies, among other topics.
While Boston will make a go of it with Papelbon, the Red Sox do have some decisions to make. One choice may likely be lefty Dennys Reyes, 33, a 14-year veteran who seems to be getting better. His ERA the last five seasons has been under 4.00, and his WHIP (walks/hits per inning) is usually in the low 1's.
He is definitely a better left-handed option than Hideki Okajima, who has been getting hit hard this spring.
Then there is the issue of Tim Wakefield. Does he make the roster simply because he "deserves" it or does he still bring value? Rob Bradford of WEEI looks at the issue.
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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