Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Will Daniel Bard be a Set-up Man?

After Daniel Bard appeared to have saved the game, but Papelbon failed to do so in the long run in Game 3 of the ALDS, it may have appeared that Daniel Bard is as good or better than Papelbon in clutch situations, this is not true. However, Bard is a very promising young relief pitcher and since the Red Sox lost Billy Wagner and Takashi Saito to free agency, he and Hideki Okajima will probably share the role of a set-up man. Papelbon has signed to a $9.35 million 1 year deal meaning he will be the closer in 2010, however, Bard will soon be good enough to surpass him. Bard's 2-2/3.65/63 line does not seem nearly as good as Papelbon's 1-1/1.85/76 line but you have to remember that Bard was brought up midseason. The question remains for me- how long before Bard is a closer.

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