Junichi Tazawa (USAT Images)
Boston manager John Farrell offered these comments on Tuesday on SiriusXM MLB Network Radio:
"I think what we'd look to do is close Tazawa. We'd keep Koji [Uehara] in that eight inning role that he's been in."
Nothing vague about that quote. Tazawa it is. He's a hard-thrower (93-96) who perhaps fits the traditional closer profile better than Uehara. Tazawa's numbers have been absurd over the past two seasons: 58.1 IP, 8 BB, 63 Ks, 1.70 ERA, 0.96 WHIP.
Yup, that's right: Eight walks and 63 strikeouts. His stuff is solid. Just check the tape.
The Red Sox entered the season with a loaded 'pen, so they can probably survive the loss of both Andrew Bailey (DL, biceps) and Hanrahan, at least for a little while. Grab Tazawa where you can, gamers. And let's hope this team's closing gig isn't cursed.
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