Re: Bard is apparently getting a call up for tomorrow's game.
posted at 4/24/2013 10:57 PM EDT
In response to RedsoxProspects' comment:
Amp, you could make the same case regarding Tazawa but with Bard it was clear cut. Bard never succeeded even in the minors as a starter. It is easier to look good as a reliever. The fastball is a little faster. Fewer times through the lineup...etc. It's a big jump. We agree on this one.
BTW, did I peg this one or what? First to announce Bard's promotion. Pegged who would go down and who was option # 2 ( Aceves ) BEFORE the 13-0 game. Sometimes I get lucky. A week ago I also projected that Aceves would be gone, anticipating that it would be via trade. They have Morales and Lackey coming back. Someone had to go from the pitching staff. This has been coming for a while.
Boomer, I know a lot of people want/wanted to stretch out Taz to become a starter. Although I'm not for it because of the working clock isssue, I can understand the reasoning. Taz was an effective starter in Japan and in the little time here, hence I could see it happening.
You're right, you did call it....nice call.
Also, I agree that a reliever can afford to put a little extra behind his pitches. Some pitchers, like Verlander come along once in a lifetime as they increase in strength/velocity as the innings add up. Unfortunately, it's a rare occassion.
I'm still worried about the bullpen. It sure would be nice if Bard could come back and was effective. The same can be said about Hanrahan. Without Breslow and Morales....and Hanrahan being a question mark. I foresee, like I've mentioned before, bullpen burnout.
One can't expect that same guys coming in day after day. I hope we're nor starting see that already with Uehara.
It was nice to see Miller come in today and get that K. It sure would be nice to see him, with his filthy stuff, gain some command so he could go multiple innings.