Boston Red Sox reliever Carson Smith is finally expected to return to squad after set back in June
The Red Sox have twice sought out pitchers that have been unable to pitch let alone perform up to expectation. With the fact that Tyler Thornburg is done for the season, all eyes now lie on Carson Smith. After a set back last month, the team decided to take it easy with Smith during his rehab process.
What does Carson Smith to the bullpen mean? It means that they’ll hopefully have another arm in the pen that can do some damage. Carson Smith dominated in 2015 before having season ending surgery last season which has taken up until now to recover from. The irony about the situation is that the Red Sox bullpen needed him more than ever earlier this season. That doesn’t mean they don’t need him now.
The Sox have David Price back on track and, on his way to his old self by getting quality starts in five of his last starts. There’s also Chris Sale who, has already shown that he’s the true Ace in Boston by pitching lights out almost every time out. Drew Pomeranz has finally established himself as a solid man in the rotation posting quality starts in six of his last 10 starts and has allowed more than two earned runs once over his last 11 starts.
That leaves us with Eduardo Rodriguez, who is returning from the disabled list where he’ll look to start up his string of quality starts once again and our final member, Rick Porcello, who was has fallen dramatically from his Cy Young status last season. Porcello went 22 – 4 with a 3.15 ERA last season. So far he’s 4 – 11 with a 4.75 ERA and was also the first man to 11 losses this season.
With the Red Sox faltering in their last start, the return of Smith would arrive at a great time. The reason being that the bullpen hasn’t been as consistent as it had been in prior weeks or months. With Smith back and hopefully healthy, the boys from Beantown can look to increase their lead against the rival Yankees.
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