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OK, we know the bullpen has pitched very poorly. But is it really this bad?
The worst member of the crew as of late, Manny Delcarmen, has apparently been pitching with right forearm strain for a week, and the results have been atrocious. Delcarmen has allowed nine runs over his last three appearances, which span just one inning. If you’re counting at home, that would be good for an 81.00 ERA.
As a result, Delcarmen was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday.
Before his last three outings, Delcarmen was one of the more reliable relievers out of the pen, sporting a 2.23 ERA over his first 30 appearances.
Now, after three disastrous appearances, Delcarmen has a 4.59 ERA. Unfortunately, the “Pride of Hyde Park” is still third among Red Sox relievers with that ERA (not counting Dustin Richardson), ranking behind Daniel Bard (2.04 ERA) and Jonathan Papelbon (3.82 ERA).
Relievers Scott Atchison (4.62 ERA), Ramon Ramirez (4.88 ERA), and Hideki Okajima (5.81 ERA) have had really mediocre seasons, and the rest of the bullpen has been even less impressive. Bums Scott Schoeneweis, Joe Nelson, Boof Bonser, et al have all come and gone with absolutely no success.
Case and point, the Sox need help in the bullpen. The return of Josh Beckett would push Tim Wakefield to the pen, but how much will that help?