The Boston Red Sox are set to take the field for the first time in 2021 on Thursday, in a regular season game. After a shortened disappointing 2020 season, the Red Sox are looking to get back on track this season. Honestly, the Red Sox could be sneaky good this year. Why could they be sneaky good? They actually have a back end of the bullpen.
The back end of a bullpen can’t be overlooked. This season, the Red Sox have three relievers to keep an eye on. Want to know who they are? Let’s take a closer look.
Hirokazu Sawamura (7th)
Hirokazu Sawamura is one of the new Red Sox pitchers that will hopefully help revitalize that bullpen. This is a guy that can be a very good addition if it pans out. Sawamura has hit 99 MPH with his fastball. Want a bit more? Sawamura also has a devastating split-finger fastball that drops off the table. This guy could be a huge help in the 7th inning if the Red Sox starters can get through six innings.
Matt Barnes (8th)
I don’t love Matt Barnes as the closer for this ball club. However, I do like him in an 8th inning, setup role. Matt Barnes is thankfully going to be back with the Red Sox after a false positive COVID test almost made him miss the beginning of the season. If Barnes control is there, he’s a force in the 8th inning. If he’s missing with his fastball high and his curveball, he can blow games very easily.
Adam Ottavino (9th)
With a trade with the Yankees, the Red Sox have their closer in Adam Ottavino. With a wipeout slider, the Red Sox lucked out in getting Ottavino. He’s performed extremely well in Spring Training at this point. Give the ball to Adam Ottavino in the 9th and you have a closer you can depend on in the regular season.
I love this 7-8-9 combination. All three guys have a chance to have great season for the Red Sox. Bullpens can help you win ballgames as easily as they can lose games too. Get me to opening day on Thursday and let’s see this combination in action!
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–Al Nahigian (@BigAl2793)
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