Step aside, Andrew Bailey and Joel Hanrahan

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Conor Frederick (@ConorJF1016)
Contributing Writer

This season has had a "team of destiny" feel to it so far, even the injuries. That includes injuries to the first 2 closers, Joel Hanrahan and Andrew Bailey. They were unfortunate, but it did a lot more good then harm. Makes no sense, right? It's rare that injuries actually help a team. Except those 2 guys going down opened up the door a certain someone named Koji Uehara. He did pretty good as Boston's closer. Let's take a look at the numbers - 21 saves, a 1.09 ERA, 101 strikeouts in 74.1 innings pitched and 73 appearances according to ESPN. He also had a scoreless streak that ran from July to the middle of September. The home run he gave up against Tampa Bay was also his first since the end of June.

Anyone who says Koji Uehara getting the closer's spot wasn't fate is kidding themselves. Like I said, I've thought this team has a "team of destiny" feel to it. It seems like everything has worked out in the Red Sox favor this year. Every injury and every bounce has worked out in their favor, and this is no different. As much as I hate seeing guys going down with season-ending injuries, sometimes it works out for a team. This is one of those cases. Some people call it coincidence, but I think it something more than that. Call it whatever you want, but I think that whatever forces are controlling the Red Sox this season and allowing them to be so successful will allow them to beat the Detroit Tigers in 6 or 7 games.

Thoughts? Let me know on Twitter (@ConorJF1016) or leave a comment.