Buckey: Uehara's success will carry into the postseason

Buckey: Uehara's success will carry into the postseason
September 12, 2013, 12:15 am
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Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald joins "Uno Sports Tonight" to explain why he thinks Red Sox closer Koji Uehara's success will carry over into the postseason.

While we've seen Uehara become a lights-out closer in Boston, co-host Michael Felger pointed to Uehara's postseason stats from his time with the Texas Rangers in 2011 and they are not good. A 19.29 ERA.

Can Koji be trusted in the postseason?

Yes, says Buckley. Why?

"Different role, different team, different season," he said. "I know that sounds like I'm waving the pom-poms. He's just been so comfortable in that role."

Buckley said it's amazing that Uehara, who sent a team record by retiring his 34th consecutive hitter on Wednesday, was the No. 3 choice for closer, after injuries took Joel Hanrahan and Andrew Bailey out of the picture. Uehara, he said, was actually the No. 4 choice because it's believed the Red Sox "kicked the tires on [former Sox closer Jonathan] Papelbon" of the Phillies after the other relievers went down.

"The way he's grasps that [role]," Buckley said. "I don't have any concerns."