Can the Sox survive with their bullpen?

Can the Sox survive with their bullpen?
July 1, 2013, 10:00 am
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The Red Sox reached the 50-win mark yesterday, and 30 days before they reached 50 wins last year. Yet while they are sitting high right now, Michael Felger and Lou Merloni wonder if Boston needs another arm in their bullpen.

"They're gonna need some help, I'd love to see some help internally," Merloni said on "Sports Sunday," tossing around names like Rubby De La Rosa and Alfredo Aceves who can step up in the bullpen.

The Red Sox have experimented at the back end of their bullpen. Andrew Bailey lost his role as closer and Koji Uehara is the latest person to step in as closer. There have been talks about Boston bringing back Phillies pitcher Jonathan Papelbon, who has a 2.05 ERA with 15 saves this year.

Merloni said the Red Sox could look to Aceves as a back-of-the-bullpen guy who can alleviate some stress off Andrew Miller, Uehara and Junichi Tazawa.

With the season in full swing right now, the Red Sox need to start thinking about their pitchers' arms come September and the playoff push.

"Now you start to wonder, 'Will these guys have anything left?'" Merloni said. "They need another arm in that bullpen."

Watch the video to see what else Merloni says about the bullpen, along with how Boston's team chemistry has led to their success.