BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Red Sox finished the regular season with the best record in baseball, and will make their return to the postseason Friday when they host the AL Wild Card team in the ALDS.
But despite their dominance from April to September, there is one big issue that Boston has yet to figure out heading into the postseason. The Providence Journal’s Brian MacPherson joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s The Adam Jones Show on Tuesday night to break down that issue.
“It’s that bullpen in front of Uehara and Breslow,” said McPherson. “It will be interesting to see, and part of that question is how big of a factor will it be? If you can get Jon Lester to give you 7.2 innings, then all of a sudden Uehara comes in for four outs and you’re fine. But at a certain point, whether its Game 1 or Game 2, ALDS or ALCS, eventually you’re going to have to get something out of that middle relief.
“[They need something out of] Tazawa, Workman, Morales — those guys that things haven’t felt comfortable with,” said MacPherson. “September was Uehara and Breslow, and a bunch of guys you hadn’t felt comfortable with.”
MacPherson also dissects how John Farrell has been a key in Koji Uehara’s success this season, and what Farrell can do with the Boston lineup in the playoffs: