It’s that time of the year, the rosters are expanded and dugouts and bullpens will be full of players from now until the Playoffs when everyone will scramble to decide who stays on the 25 man roster for the second season. The Red Sox, in the thick of things, now just one game out of first, made some moves of their own.
In addition to Yoan Moncada, the 21 year old, switch hitting, highly touted infielder they activated from AA Portland to give them some production at third base, they added several other players as the rosters expanded.
They reactivated catcher Ryan Hanigan from the disabled list and brought up Deven Marrero, a utility infielder from Pawtucket who has done time in Boston earlier this year.
In a move to strengthen their bullpen, where someone said this week ‘leads go to die’, they also brought up Robby Scott, a left handed pitcher, from Pawtucket, where he had a 2.54 ERA in 32 games there, including 6 starts and 26 relief appearances. This is the same Robby Scott who pitched the ninth inning last night and, in his first big league appearance, struck out two batters and held the Athletics scoreless.
And, oh yes, they also recalled Joe Kelly from Pawtucket. In his last 13 relief appearances in Pawtucket, he had a 0.56 earned run average and struck out 25 batters while only walking two.
This is the same Joe Kelly that started and won eight games in a row from August 1st until September 9th last year, while posting a 2.59 earned run average with just 14 earned runs in 48 2/3 innings. This is the same Joe Kelly that averages 95.3 miles per hour on his four seam fastball and who came out of the bullpen last night and struck out two Oakland batters in the eighth inning while holding them scoreless.
Maybe I’m missing something, so tell me again why Farrell had to go to Fernando Abad and Junichi Tazawa in the 7th and 8th on Wednesday afternoon or to Clay Buchholz in the 8th on Tuesday night and to Buchholz and Abad in the 8th and 9th on Monday and why the bullpen had nobody left in it, except Buchholz, when Kimbrel came in to save the game on Wednesday.