The Red Sox bullpen lacks the depth for the team to be competitive.

It was a test for the bullpens, and the Red Sox fell short. The Atlanta Braves showed the strength of their bullpen Tuesday night when they outscored the Red Sox in a 9-7, 11-inning win. The Braves went from one dynamic setup man to another, working their way through a stable of high-octane arms that … Read more

Red Sox release of Jackie Bradley Jr. is a sign of tough times to come

The Red Sox seem to be using the term “roster setup” a lot these days. After they released Jackie Bradley Jr., the only above-average defensive outfielder on their active roster, manager Alex Cora consulted WEEI and said the decision was about “roster configuration.” Ridiculous as it sounds, the fact is the Red Sox decided Jaylin … Read more

Alex Cora sounds the alarm after the Red Sox lost again to the Rays

Red Sox manager Alex Cora left little to interpretation when defining the root of his team’s recent losing streak. “We’re not playing good baseball right now,” Cora told reporters after the Red Sox fell to the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night, 4-1. “There are a lot of mistakes, and it’s costing us games. We … Read more

Tanner Houck, the Red Sox closer? Records first career inning save as Sox outlast Mariners, 4-3

It was tense to the end, but Tanner Houck’s first foray into closer duty was a success. Houck worked around a pair of running backs to preserve the Red Sox’s 4-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night, marking the first single-inning save of his career. The Red Sox played magic tricks to escape … Read more

Alex Cora ejected, Red Sox lose to Braves on Orlando Arcia’s ninth-inning home run – CBS Boston

ATLANTA (AP) — Orlando Arcia hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Atlanta Braves beat the Boston Red Sox 5-3 on Wednesday night. Arcia hit his first home run of the season over the left field wall off Ryan Brasier with one out in the ninth for his third … Read more

Without a closer, the Red Sox’s mix-and-match bullpen plan isn’t working.

Something has to change with the Red Sox bullpen. Going 5-for-12 on save opportunities isn’t just bad; is on track to be the season finale. Going 0-5 in extra-inning games is enough to take the breath out of any room, particularly a clubhouse that has endured failed contract extensions for its two franchise players. Wednesday … Read more

Michael Wacha has been quite a surprise for the Red Sox – CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) — Not much has gone well for the Red Sox this season. But the addition of Michael Wacha certainly has. The 30-year-old right-hander signed with the Red Sox last November without much fanfare, but for one month into the season he counts as one of the biggest upsets in all of baseball. Wacha … Read more

As Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers reject contract extensions, Red Sox enter new season under pressure

NEW YORK — It’s World Series or bust, Red Sox manager Alex Cora has said several times this spring. You can say that again. The Yankees will host their rivals for Opening Day at 1 pm on Friday afternoon as Gerrit Cole takes the mound against Nathan Eovaldi in a rematch of last year’s American … Read more