Red Sox’ Garrett Whitlock Won’t Eliminate Bullpen Issues

The Red Sox have to put Garrett Whitlock again within the bullpen as quickly as Wealthy Hill returns. However let’s cease fooling ourselves: Garrett Whitlock won’t remedy the Red Sox’ bullpen struggles. He simply gained’t. 

Garrett Whitlock Isn’t Closing

Red Sox' Garrett Whitlock will not cure team's bullpen issues

Whitlock won’t magically grow to be the shutdown reliever the Red Sox want who pitches three or 4 days in a row. He had 4 days of relaxation thrice between his first 5 appearances and three days of relaxation as soon as. If reinserted into the bullpen, the 25-year-old pitching phenom would seemingly be in the identical position as earlier than and thus wouldn’t be accessible each time the Red Sox wanted him. 

Nice, Garrett Whitlock is a reliever once more. What do the Red Sox do for the three to 4 video games between his appearances? The Red Sox did win three of 4 video games wherein Whitlock appeared out of the bullpen; nonetheless, they misplaced the three different video games wherein he didn’t seem. 

Boston has misplaced 9 video games within the eighth inning or later and is 2-4 when tied after six innings, 1-4 when tied after seven, and 0-4 when tied after eight, with 5 walk-off losses

Whitlock might have helped stabilize a number of of these video games, however do we actually consider Garrett Whitlock alone would make the Red Sox bullpen that significantly better to get Boston inside a number of video games of .500? With such an anemic offense? I don’t. Regardless, the Red Sox nonetheless want a shutdown arm as a result of, as talked about, Whitlock shouldn’t be pitching day-after-day.

Red Sox Bullpen Wants Extra Than Garrett Whitlock 

Red Sox need to figure out Tanner Houck's role. Either start him or put him in the late innings

Boston’s lack of a shutdown reliever is Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom’s fault. Bloom relied too closely on a Matt Barnes comeback, and Barnes helps nobody by being on the roster. Just a few of the losses attributed to the bullpen are solely on Barnes. And Why is Kutter Crawford nonetheless right here? He hasn’t pitched in over every week. That’s two roster spots that acquisitions of some type, both inside or exterior, might fill. And what are the Red Sox doing with Tanner Houck? Begin him or make him your setup/nearer man. Choose one. He’s too wild for anything. 

The Red Sox are in a tricky spot for an early-season commerce. Groups will drive up their asking worth if the Red Sox act too quickly as a result of they know Boston is determined. It’s a wonderful line. It is likely to be higher to have Houck in the identical one-to-two inning excessive leverage position the Red Sox had Garrett Whitlock in by the top of final season however use Houck as extra of a more in-depth. 

It should take greater than Garrett Whitlock to stabilize the late innings for the Red Sox. 

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