Mike Giardi and Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam check in with "Inside Pitch" to take a look at Daniel Bard and what his season might look like.
Red Sox GM Ben Cherington said the Red Sox don't want to make this season a referendum on Daniel Bard. McAdam adds it would be a terrible thing for Bard if people went to him after every outing and asked 'How did it feel? How did it feel?'
Both Giardi and McAdam agree that Bard needs time to figure things out and re-build his confidence.
McAdam says Bard won't like to hear it but he does have an option left and it might be the best thing for him to start the season in Pawtucket. McAdam thinks the Sox should go to Bard in mid-March and tell him 'We're going to open you in Triple-A. You're going to be a big part of this bullpen, but you're probably going to be there on Opening Day."
There are basically nine pitchers fighting for seven spots. Bard's remaining option, coupled with his 2012 struggles make him a likelier candidate than most to start the season in Triple-A.
That doesn't mean he won't be a vital part of the bullpen come September.
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Mitch Moreland and Sam Travis hit three-run homers and left-hander Brian Johnson started and pitched two scoreless innings to help the Red Sox win their spring training opener, 9-6, over Northeastern University on Thursday in Fort Myers, Fla.
Johnson, who made one spot start in his MLB debut with the Red Sox in 2015 but then was derailed by injuries and anxiety issues last season, struck out three and walked one Thursday. He's expected to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he went 5-6 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts in 2016.
Moreland, the left-handed hitting first baseman signed to a one-year deal after spending his first seven seasons with the Texas Rangers, and Travis, a right-handed hitting first base prospect coming back from knee surgery last season, each hit three-run homers in a six-run third inning.
Pablo Sandoval, attempting to reclaim the third-base job after missing nearly all of last season after surgery on his left shoulder, went 1-for-2 with a double.
The Red Sox open Grapefruit League play Friday afternoon when they host the New York Mets at JetBlue Park.
CSN baseball analyst Lou Merloni sits down with Pedro Martinez and Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis to discuss one of Pedro's greatest games.
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On September 10, 1999 at the height of the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry, Pedro Martinez struck out 17 Yankees in a complete game victory, with the only hit he allowed being a home run to Chili Davis. The two men recall that memorable night in the Bronx, and discuss the state of pitching in 2017.