Trade deadline day was fairly devastating for the two front-runners in the East. The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox both failed to address their current weaknesses in any way whatsoever, standing pat with their rotations and bullpens. Meanwhile, the Houston Astros made the at-the-buzzer splash of the century, adding Zack Greinke.
But don't worry, Boston. Your bullpen is just fine with Nathan Eovaldi slotting in at closer for the first time in his life, with no further upgrades.
In fact, per self-described bullpen whisperer Dave Dombrowski, it's more than fine. It actually features some of the most exceptional men this side of the Mississippi. It is the envy of all other bullpens. Why don't you let him tell it?
You cannot believe, ok? Can't even believe how much winning we're gonna be doing.
Straight off the campaign trail.
The Red Sox sit in second place in the AL with 19 blown saves this season, the one stark difference between their exemplary 2018 and somewhat muddled '19. Last season, this team always found a way to balance their excellent offense, timely defense, and clutch pitching in perfect harmony. This year, the offense is even better, and the pitching has taken a step back in every capacity.
But you've gotta believe Trader Dave. The league was busting down his door to get their hands on Ryan Brasier and Colten Brewer. Had to fend 'em off with his bare hands.
What can you do?