Let the kids play!!!
No, this is NOT a panic thread. And i also didnt ask Bill to use his name, but since he has been calling for the kids most of the year....Hope you dont mind Bill.
I like what this team has done and how they dont give up until the last out is made, but to not notice that the kids we bring up are making a noticeable impact would suggest that one is blind. To also notice that we are at a disadvantage from the right side is also being blind to the truth...
Workman has done a great job. Yes, he had a rough night last night, but has been ping ponged from starter to bullpen then asked to basically give them another start last night. Drake Britton has basically been lights out in the pen. A reliable LHP who is effective against both RH and LHH. We witnessed what RDLR can do last night with a 98-100MPH FB, a knee buckling slider, and a change up so good that it has batters swinging long before it reaches the plate.
It seems it takes a blowout game like last night for Farrell to use all of them in one game. Hes relying on some guys like Taz and Koji, even when the situation doesnt call for them. Im afraid hes going to over use them and come October we will be in a situation we dont want to be in. We dont need to use Koji when were up 4-0. We dont need to use Taz the next day after throwing 2IP when were down 2-0.
He CAN rely on Drake Britton and not have to lean on Breslow so much. He CAN rely on Brandon Workman when Taz is tired. And now he CAN rely on RDLR when Koji needs a rest.
Im not saying to not use the veterans first, just not as much as they have been. He HAS options and should use and trust them to balance out the workload amongst all our bullpen arms. Now, Im not claiming that the kids will be perfect, nobody is. But they, to me, have proved to be an options he can and should trust to get the job done.
Now, can he rely on Xander Bogaerts to come up and fill a need for that RHH that Middy was supposed to give us this year? Can he make up for the lack of production we expected from Napoli? Can he add some power from the right side that were missing and balance out the lineup vs LHP?
I think Snyder and Holt have done a decent job keeping the spot warm, but we need to find out if X-Man can help us in a tight pennant race. Can he???
Only one way to find out...........