Wants and Needs – Bullpen Help

The Red Sox are slipping.  The injuries are starting to catch up with them.  Duct tape and chewing gum is not enough.  With the non-waiver trade deadline a little more than a week away, here’s what the Red Sox need to do.

Over the next few days, I’ll do some quick and short analysis on areas of need for the Red Sox.  First up:

Relief Pitching – No worries with the 8th and 9th innings what with Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon doing just fine.  It’s the other guys such as Hideki Okajima (5.72 ERA), Ramon Ramirez (4.85 ERA) and Manny Delcarmen (4.29 ERA, 20 walks, 23 K’s in 35 innings) who are causing trouble.  The Red Sox have promoted and put Michael Bowden in the bullpen, but Bowden doesn’t have any relief experience and has proven nothing at the big league level.  A trade is need to bring in a reliable arm.  Think Eric Gagne…wait.

Tomorrow:  Starting Pitching