Boston Red Sox pitching needs to assess issue with starters and relievers not getting the job done – Mike Minor the answer?
The Red Sox have been slipping in the standings. They’ve lost three games in distance from the Yankees. While the Bombers have been hitting the cover off the ball, their pitching has remained alright. The Sox on the other hand, have a rotation of starters pitching in the last spot as no one can stay healthy. It’s an issue that needs addressing.
Insert Mike Minor. Minor was a Braves stand out for five seasons from 2010 until 2014. In 2015 and 2016 he was unable to pitch due to an injury but has since returned in 2017 hungry to get back to his old form. While he’s not starting right now, I wouldn’t put it past a team to try to work him back to his old starter role or perhaps a hybrid role much like the Astros are using Chris Devenski.
He’s 29 years old. The most pitches he’s thrown in a game is 38 back on April 20th where he went three innings allowing one walk and struck out two batters. Having a guy that could go two innings every time a certain pitcher goes on the hill could be vital. Is that the direction the Sox are going in? Minor is owed just $4 million this season and is due $10 million with a mutual option for 2018.
It could be something the Sox do and with Carson Smith coming back slowly, there’s a chance the Sox pen could become very nasty once again. Let’s not forget that once Tyler Thornburg returns, knock on wood, the Sox bullpen could become electric once again.
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