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Closer crisis in Boston

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07:17 AM ET 06.19 | Who's next? With the trade deadline six weeks away, and with the Red Sox having already tried to replace closer Andrew Bailey last winter with out-for-the-season Joel Hanrahan, it's fair to wonder whether they may look to do so again. Bailey didn't help his case Tuesday night. After Felix Doubront turned in eight masterful innings, Tampa Bay's Kelly Johnson hit Bailey's second pitch -- a fat fastball that caught too much of the plate -- for a game-tying solo homer. It marked Bailey's second blown save in his last four chances and the third time in four games that he has allowed runs. On June 10, Bailey had a two-run meltdown in the 10th inning against the Rays. Last Saturday, he gave up a solo homer to Orioles catcher Matt Wieters.

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June 19, 2013  08:50 AM ET

Well at lest the Boston faithful have the Bruins - that's more than Philly phans can say.

June 19, 2013  08:59 AM ET

GO BRUINS!!

June 19, 2013  09:19 AM ET

Doubront was cruising last night. Best game he's ever pitched, only 93 pitches through 8 innings, 0 walks 6 K's. So why do you bring in a struggling closer in that situation?

June 19, 2013  09:22 AM ET

Give Morales a try. He's got the jets.

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June 19, 2013  10:11 AM ET

That really is a crying shame.

June 19, 2013  10:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

GO BRUINS!!

or is it BROOOOONS?

June 19, 2013  10:33 AM ET
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Alfredo Aceves!

No, no! Tried that last year.

June 19, 2013  10:49 AM ET

After Felix Doubront turned in eight masterful innings

Who'd have thunk it, Lackey and Dubront are keeping the Red Sox afloat.

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June 19, 2013  01:21 PM ET

I think Bailey's crisis is lopping over his belt (in the pic)...

Looks like the next coming of Garces (a.k.a. "El Guapo")

June 19, 2013  02:48 PM ET

Go Angels!

June 19, 2013  02:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Doubront was cruising last night. Best game he's ever pitched, only 93 pitches through 8 innings, 0 walks 6 K's. So why do you bring in a struggling closer in that situation?

That's a move Tito would have made.

June 19, 2013  03:38 PM ET

The role of "closer" is overvalued. When you hear "closer", you think of 1-2-3 lights out ninth innings. But there are fewer than five men currently in MLB who have been able to sustain that kind of performance over several seasons. The rest of these guys, with the signature walk in songs and their antics after a "save" are more poseurs than closers. Teams would be better advised to pitch to match ups in the late innings rather than try to set up (literally) one guy to accumulate all of the saves. And speaking of saves, the save is an over rated stat given that you could come in let two runs score, load the bases and rack up a save as long as you are on the mound when the fianl out is recorded. On the other hand, "blown save" is a brilliant and revealing stat, And, by that measure, Bailey is by no means the worst in baseball.

June 19, 2013  05:04 PM ET

K-Rod has been pitching well.

June 19, 2013  08:21 PM ET

Koji Uehara. 13 sv in 15 svo with Orioles in 2010.

June 19, 2013  09:15 PM ET

Bobby Jenks

 
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