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04-24-2012, 04:11 PM
Fight the Hate
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I haven't heard Felger say anything to the effect of him thinking they are contenders this year.
He doesn't have to. It dominates his thinking because it's what he's used to. Boston isn't used to thinking of the greater good beyond this one year.
If we think of JUST this season, moving Bard to the bullpen isn't a stupid move. If he actually does what fans have the desperate, unfounded, unsubstantiated, unproven, unverified, forlorn hope that he could theoretically do, and become an elite closer, it would actually work out.
But since Daniel Bard is not Papelbon, putting him in the closer's role is just as much of a crapshoot, or nearly as much, as anything else. There's a reason Bard requested to start, and it's not because he was anxious to be the man, take the ball in the 9th and handle the pressure of finishing other people's games. In a role where mindset is so important, I think it's outright NAIVE to just ASSUME that he'll be an elite closer. Those don't just happen.
Moving Bard to the bullpen doesn't skyrocket this team to the top of the AL East. What is does is have the potential to stop the freaking bleeding. That's what the team needs right now, and why the team needs him there.
Then it's a reactionary move and those are the worst kind.
You have other options. Use them. This kid can throw 100 pitches and still bring a high 90's fastball. He can start, and the fact that he can start immediately gives him the best pure stuff of any Red Sox starter. You might as well ask Buchholz to close games for you.
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