Many Red Sox fans would be confused and upset as to why the front office didn’t decide to be aggressive and get a relief pitcher in order to make a serious run for the World Series. However, do the Sox really need any additional pieces?
Baseball has changed over the years. Before when teams were in the pennant race, they needed two great starting pitchers to rely on; now, managers decide to stack their bullpens with talent. Just look at the World Series champions Chicago Cubs or runner-up Cleveland Indians. Each team relied more on their relief pitchers like Aroldis Chapman or Carl Edwards Jr. for the Cubs and guys like Andrew Miller and Cody Allen for the Indians. These guys would go out of their way and get six outs instead of the usual three.
Why the Red Sox didn’t go after a relief pitcher? It’s because the front office knows what they’re doing.
The starting pitching has been great in the 2018 season with Chris Sale making a serious case for CY Young Award and has an ERA under 2.00 and will come close to 300 strikeouts even though he missed two weeks in the season. Also, Rick Porcello having a comeback year with having 14 wins (second in MLB) with only 5 losses. In addition, the newly acquired Nathan Evoldi has been absolutely dominate for the Sox, minus his last start. Lastly there’s David Price who has 12 wins and only 6 losses. When it comes to the playoffs everyone knows David Price isn’t as spectacular as he is during the regular season. Ex manager John Farrell put Price in the bullpen in last years’ postseason run and he was lights out. Alex Cora has already made a move to the bullpen by putting Drew Pomeranz who is having a struggling year but last year had 17 wins. Cora is lessening the workload on Pomeranz by putting him as a relief pitcher again as he has done once before. Along with having Matt Barnes who is having a great year with a 2.60 ERA and Hector Velázquez with a 2.82 in 32 appearances.
Don’t forget about the hard throwing right-handed pitcher that no batter wants to see in the ninth inning, Craig Kimbrel; 35 saves in 39 opportunities with a 2.57 ERA, lights out.
The Red Sox have one of the best powered offenses in baseball behind Mookie Betts and J.D Martinez, both making a run for American League M.V.P. The team is scoring as many runs as they please and do not fear from any pitching. So if you’re a Red Sox fan, don’t be worried that the Dave Dombrowski didn’t get a relief pitcher like Fernando Rodney. The Red Sox simply don’t need anything. If they did, would the team be 50 games over .500?