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Friday, 21 June 2013 22:06

This Just In: Red Sox Name Uehara Team's Closer

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The Red Sox announced today that Koji Uehara will replace Andrew Bailey as the teams closer. This news comes on the heels of another tough 9th inning for Bailey last night against the Detroit Tigers in which Bailey blew his 4th save of the year. Unlike April and May, the month of June has not been kind to Bailey. So far this month he’s given up at least a run in 4 of 8 9th inning appearances, allowing 4 home runs over that span. On the season, Bailey has pitched 22.1 innings, allowing 18 hits and 10 earned runs. Although nothing seems physically wrong with Bailey, moving him at out of the ninth inning seemed like a decision that had to be made. It was a little surprising to see Red Sox manager, John Farrell, go with Uehara over his fellow reliever and countryman, Junichi Tazawa. It seemed like Tazawa was next in line to close when Bailey went on the disabled list earlier in the season. Tazawa also has more durability as well as a higher K/9 this season than Uehara. The only thing Tazawa falls short to Uehara on in the ninth inning is experience. Koji is no stranger to the ninth inning, having pitched 47.1 innings to the tune of a 3.61 ERA with a 18.67 K/BB. On the season, Uehara has pitched in 30.0 innings and posted a 2.10 ERA and an 0.86 WHIP, although his K/BB of 6.00 is uncharacteristically low, he has struck out 42 and walked just 7. While Uehara closing games seems like a temporary move, one has to wonder about what the ninth inning has in store as the season progresses. Should Bailey eventually reassume his job and fall short of success again, will Uehara be the man for the job? Red Sox fans have fallen in love with Uehara’s high five parades and other assorted off field antics and although he acts like a little leaguer many forget that Uehara is almost 40 years old. Outside of Mariano Rivera, you don’t see many closers that old due to lack of durability. Perhaps the Red Sox should add “closer” to the top of their trade deadline shopping list. Jesse Crain and ex-Red Sox Jonathan Papelbon are names that will make headlines come July 31st. But having wasted resources on two closers (Andrew Bailey and Joel Hanrahan) that have both proven to be ineffective, do the Red Sox want to risk giving up more players and getting under performance in return? For now, these questions will need to answer themselves as the season rolls on. The fact remains that this current Red Sox roster would be a very scary opponent if they had a serviceable 9th inning arm. The Red Sox get back to action tonight as Jon Lester and Doug Fister square off. Tonight’s tilt certainly has the potential to be a low scoring game so Uehara might see his first chance to close a game for the Sox sooner rather than later. It will be interesting to track how the ninth inning unfolds for the Red Sox in the future. For now, stay tuned to CLNSRadio.com for all your Red Sox news and updates or follow CLNSRadio on twitter @CLNSRadio and @CLNSRedSox.