More on the combustible bullpen
April, 9, 2012
A few bits of shrapnel from the Red Sox bullpen's historic implosion in Sunday's 13-12 loss in Detroit:
* Last September, the Red Sox converted just three of nine save opportunities; this season they're 0 for 2, with both blown saves coming Sunday.
* The Red Sox lost for the first time when scoring 12 runs or more since a 22-13 loss to the Chicago White Sox on May 31, 1970, according to STATS LLC.
* Opponents are 5-for-7 this season against Mark Melancon, who gave up the game-winning home run on Sunday. Opponents hit .234 against Melancon last season, including .215 after the All-Star Break. Melancon gave up the walk-off HR to Alex Avila on a curveball. He had only allowed one home run on his curveball (his primary offspeed pitch) on 300 such pitches in 2011.
* Newly appointed closer Alfredo Aceves has entered two games (Thursday and Sunday), faced four batters, and not recorded an out yet. He is the first Boston pitcher since Guido Grilli in 1966 to not record an out in EITHER of his first two appearances of the year.
* The Red Sox are 0-3 in back-to-back seasons for the first time since losing their first three games in three straight years from 1931-33.
* And in the small consolation department: The Red Sox and Yankees are both 0-3 for the first time since 1966, when the Sox finished ninth in the American League and the Yankees 10th.
Gordon Edes takes a closer look at Bobby Valentine's bullpen problem in his column off Sunday's debacle, and in the video above, John Kruk says that while there is some cause for concern with the Sox relievers, everything will be just fine (he thinks).