Two days ago Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora announced the team’s plan to move starting pitcher Andrew Cashner to the bullpen. The big trade deadline acquisition by President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski has struggled mightily ever since coming over from the Baltimore Orioles. In a Sox uniform he has posted a 8.01 ERA with 6.2 K/9 and 5.0 BB/9 in six starts.
Cashner’s move to the bullpen essentially sums up Boston’s season in its entirety. Things just have not worked for Boston, ever since the start. At this point we are beating a dead horse, and yes there are still games to be played, but even after winning this afternoon the BoSox sit 8 games back of the second American League Wild Card.
There is a world where that ground is made up, but seeing this team start 6-13 and continue to struggle throughout the year gives fans a pessimistic view on that potential outcome. The starters have been inconsistent just like the bullpen, and Cashner getting the boot from the rotation amplifies the fact that this team’s pitching just has not performed.
Despite his 8.00 ERA with the team, Boston wants Cashner to become an integral piece of the pen. Cora even said so himself declaring that the big bearded Texan will not be used in a long-relief role. But either way this has been a really disappointing season and what Cashner has done since coming to Boston exemplifies that.
-Jarrod Ribaudo (@Jribs53)