CLEARWATER, Fla. As the most prolific closer in Red Sox history, Jonathan Papelbon had a unique perspective on the job. What advice does he have for Andrew Bailey, the man who is set to replace him?
Just to stay on a one-track mind, said Papelbon, who went to the Phillies as a free agent on a four-year, 50 million contract in November
Go day to day. Have short-term memory. Its just the life of a closer. The best advice I can give him. And thats the advice I got from (Mariano Rivera) my first All-Star Game. So when people ask me what advice, thats what I say.
Papelbon will no longer be part of the Red Sox rivalry with the Yankees and Rivera. Hell miss it. But thats OK with him.
You know what? Its a new chapter, he said. Im going to go to the Phillies-Mets rival, Phillies-Braves. Itll be fun too.
Asked if he could root for Rivera now that they are in separate leagues, Papelbon replied:
"I admire him. I dont root for him. Big difference. No, Im not going to root for him. Hes making it harder for me to catch up to him. Why would I root for him? But do I admire him. Oh, yeah.
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NEW YORK -- John Farrell isn't necessarily alarmed by Craig Kimbrel's poor outing Wednesday night, viewing it as an aberration. But just the same, he'd like to get his closer into a game on the final weekend to flush the bad taste of Wednesday's ninth.
Until the clincher, Kimbrel had allowed just two hits in the previous 23 at-bats (.087) since Sept. 4. And since being re-instated from the DL on Aug. 1, Kimbrel was 13-for-13 in save opportunities with 32 strikeouts in 18 innings pitched and a .113 batting average against.
Kimbrel was brought into the game in the bottom of the ninth and allowed a leadoff single to Brett Gardner before issuing three straight walks, the last of which forced in a run.
He threw 28 pitches and didn't record an out before being lifted in favor of Joe Kelly, who allowed Mark Teixeira's walk-off grand slam in a 5-3 Yankees victory.
"He was erratic, there's no doubt,” said Farrell. "The command was not there. The power was there, obviously, but the command was not. It turned into a situation where he gets to [almost] 30 pitches. Could we have let him go further, or could the decision have been made to leave him in the game? Sure
"But [Wednesday] night was more of an aberration. Certainly, since he's come off the DL, he's been stingy in those situations. That was a one-time outing last night [given the unusual circumstances].”
Farrell said it's "important” to get all of the Red Sox relievers into games before the season ends Sunday.
"How often, how high stress...the games will dictate that,'' Farrell said. "But yeah, it will be important to Craig back on the mound before we end, regardless of whether it's a save situation.”