No time to panic

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No time to panic

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If those first two paragraphs -- written by Brendan O'Toole of overthemonster.com -- don't make you stop and think about the rush to make Daniel Bard the closer, nothing well.
Granted, neither Alfredo Aceves nor Mark Melancon is as prized as prospect as Dustin Pedroia was in 2007 -- they're not prized prospects at all, in fact -- but pulling the plug on a plan of action after three games? What's the appropriate metaphor? Chicken running around with its head cut off? Dog chasing its tail?
(And that's not even mentioning, as O'Toole stresses, that there's a secondary shock to such a move: It prevents the Sox from finding out about Bard as a starter, which was the point of the shift in the first place.)
No one who watched over the weekend can have any faith in Aceves or Melancon today, and the Sox may indeed be forced to adjust their end-of-game plans. Not after three games, though. And not with Bard, at least not now.

First impressions: Pomeranz is better, but Red Sox fall to Tigers

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First impressions: Pomeranz is better, but Red Sox fall to Tigers

First impressions from the Red Sox' 4-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers:

 

1) The same problem remains for Joe Kelly

As a starter, no one doubted Kelly's fastball, and the velocity with which he threw it. But the problem was, Kelly's fastball was often quite straight, and most major league hitters can hit a fastball without movement, no matter how hard it's thrown.

In his first appearance as a reliever for the Red Sox, the same problem reared its head.

Kelly started off Justin Upton with a 99 mph fastball. After an 89 mph slider, Kelly next threw a 101 mph fastball.

But Upton drove it on a line to the triangle for a triple, and two batters later, trotted home on a soft flare to center by James McCann.

Velocity is one thing and can produce some swings-and-misses. But ultimately, Kelly is going to need more than straight gas to get hitters out.

 

2) Drew Pomeranz was miles better in his second start

Pomeranz failed to get an out in the fourth inning of his Red Sox debut and was charged with five runs.

So when Pomeranz -- who allowed just one hit through the first three innings Monday night -- allowed a leadoff single to Miguel Cabrera to start the fourth, there was uneasy sense of deja vu at Fenway.

But Pomeranz quickly erased Cabrera on a double play and through five innings had allowed just three hits and a walk.

He got into some trouble in the sixth when he allowed a one-out, two-run homer to Jose Iglesias, erasing what had been a 1-0 Red Sox lead.

But Pomeranz was far sharper than his first outing, threw his curveball for more strikes and kept the Tigers mostly off-balance. His line (6 IP; 4 H; 2 ER; 2 BB; 7 K) will be more than good enough on most nights.

Just not Monday night.

 

3) They may lead MLB in runs scored, but there are still nights when the Red Sox offense can frustrate

It happened last Friday when they loaded the bases with no out against the Twins - and failed to score in a 2-1 loss.

It was more of the same Monday night when the Sox loaded the bases in the ninth -- and managed just one run.

The problems weren't limited to the ninth, of course. The Sox put the leadoff man on in both the seventh and eighth innings -- and didn't score.

For the game, the Sox left 11 men on and were just 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position.