I still think Daniel Bard is set to return to the bullpen. In his first start the other day, Bard allowed 5 runs over 5 innings. He did strike out 6, but I think this is what Bard will be as a starter. He will strike out plenty but also allow alot of runs. I think he will be back in the bullpen after a few more starts, where he should excel and overtake Alfredo Aceves for the closer spot. Roy Oswalt to Boston?
Ugh, living in Boston and watching the bullpen in shambles hurts. Not as much as hearing Pap say that Philly fans are better than us, but still hurts. Speaking of, I can't wait for his "Philly faithful" to boo his sorry ass when he gets rocked. OK rant over...I think you will see Aceves settle down in the role and create a little cushion, but not nearly enough to hold off Andrew Bailey come July. If there is a setback with Bailey's recovery, don't be surprised to see Bobby V (if he's there long enough to live it out) look at Franklin Morales in the role. He's the dark horse that nobody is talking about, and if the current situation continues to stumble, don't be surprised if Morales steps up.
Andrew Bailey. He is out for 3-4 months but he was brought there to be the closer and as of now I don’t see Aceves or Melancon being dominant enough to keep him out of that role when he comes back. There has been talk of Padilla and Bard also being thrown into the mix but I just don’t see it. The only chance of it being someone other than Bailey is either them trading for someone like K-Rod or Broxton and I only see them doing this if Bailey has some complications from the surgery.
I have a simple two part answer. If he is healthy, it will be Andrew Bailey because he is the most talented closer on the roster, if he is not healthy, Michael Bowden is in Pawtucket currently and is pitching well. If the Motley Crew of Meloncon and Aceves cannot hold down the fort, I can see the Red Sox panicing and calling up Bowden to fill a bullpen role, and eventually slide into the closers role.
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