The Red Sox bullpen needs to find its identity and be consistent
This area has the potential to be strong, but it will come with some question marks in regards to who takes over as the closer.
Matt Barnes will be given the job by Alex Cora until he loses it. He struggled in the second half of last season and his velocity has been down this spring. His mechanical issues have also been a problem. Will he become his former self when he was selected to the All-Star game in the first half of last season or take the form of his second-half self when he was left off of the American League Championship Series roster? Time will tell.
Jake Diekman and Matt Strahm are potential closing options for Cora to turn to late in games if Barnes doesn’t pan out. Since the Sox did not go out and get a big name closer, all three of these guys will need to step up.
Kutter Crawford was announced to make the Opening Day roster which is a fantastic move. Ryan Brasier, Hansel Robles, and Austin Davis look like they are also on track to start the season out of the pen in Boston. Garrett Whitlock is a lock to make it as well.
He will most likely be stretched out as a middle reliever to provide a bridge gap to win games. Cora will need to do a lot of trial and error to see what works, but this group has the potential to be consistent and strong.