Duck, duck, duck, closer!

When the Red Sox started the season, little did they know that the depth of their bullpen would be an issue and that it would turn into a game of duck, duck, duck, closer.

Let's take a closer look, it goes something like this...


They started with Joel Hanrahan as the closer, but he went down in early April with a hamstring injury.


Andrew Bailey picked up the closer role quite nicely, until a bicep problem put him on the disabled list last week.


Joel Hanrahan was back healthy, so he takes over the closer role again, but Tuesday he was put on the disabled list for a forearm injury.


With a depleted bullpen you might think that John Farrell would have trouble finding someone to get the last three outs. Nothing it further from the truth. He can choose between Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa, with the former being passed over due to fears of him being overworked at his age (38).

Junichi Tazawa has the stuff, 95 mph fastball that tops out sometimes at 97 mph. With a strike-out to walk ratio last year of 45 to 5, he led the majors above the likes of Cliff Lee. The question is whether John Farrell should go with Junichi Tazawa or with Koji Uehara?

I am looking forward to watching him get nine strikes over the plate in a hurry and close out games for the Red Sox, how about you?

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