The incomparable Bailey
posted at 6/19/2013 8:21 AM EDT
I normally try to minimize bashing our players, but Bailey just brings out the worst in me. Even Farrell said after the game last night he keeps making the same mistake leading to the same homeruns and blown saves.
How incomparable is he? Five other relievers on the active roster--Uehara, Tazawa, Miller, Wilson, and Brewlow--have lower ERA's than Bailey. Most rosters carry 7 relievers, which would make Bailey the next to worst reliever on the Sox. In the day game four of those other guys held the same team, the Rays, to 0 runs in 4 innings.
In the game in question, last night's, Doubront, the middle of the rotation sophomore starter, easily held the Rays to 0 runs in 8 innings. And in the day game Aceves held them to 1 run in 5 innings. Bailey alone couldn't get three outs without first giving up a game-tying dinger.
After the game last night, Farrell spokes as though Bailey is still the closer. His judgment is unquestionably better than mine, but I would remove Bailey as the closer and let him play work up--be a set up man--until he can show he can get opposing hitters out. Five other guys shown they can do that better than he can.
Farrell mentioned one other thing, one with which I agree. Bailey's fastball is what opposing hitters are feasting on. He throws it to the wrong location and he doesn't mix in enough other pitches--in the strike zone--to keep opposing hitters guessing. This, I believe, is also Lester's problem. He loves his fastball, and it is as good as or better than that of any other starter, but he throws so many of them, hitters can ignore the other pitches.