|2013 Season (CBSSports.com)||15.20||0.00||0.00||0.00||1.72||0.96||16.00||2.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Minnesota|| 1.0||0||0|| 9.00||0||0||1|
|vs LHB|| 12.0||0||0|| 2.25||0||1||14|
|vs RHB|| 6.1||0||0|| 4.26||0||2||9|
|05/14/2013||Jed Lowrie, SS OAK|
Josh Donaldson, 3B OAK
|Junichi Tazawa, RP BOS|
Josh Rutledge, 2B COL
|05/14/2013||Dan Uggla, 2B ATL||Junichi Tazawa, RP BOS|
Daniel Murphy, 2B NYM
|05/14/2013||Junichi Tazawa, RP BOS|
Jay Bruce, RF CIN
|Edward Mujica, RP STL|
Trevor Plouffe, 3B MIN
|Last 7 Games|
|Red Sox not considering two-man closer committee|
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
(5/12/13) Although Red Sox interim closer Junichi Tazawa has posted a 9.00 ERA and one loss in his last two outings, manager John Farrell said Sunday he's not about to flip roles or go to a two-man closer committee with Koji Uehara.
"I think it’s best for everyone in that bullpen to know who the closer is and guys will slot in roles prior to use of the closer," Farrell said when asked if a two-man closer committee would work in the interim. "I think just in terms of everyone knowing where they stand and the role that they occupy, that’s important for their own preparation as the game is nearing that seventh- through ninth-inning period."
|Junichi Tazawa not shaken by misstep|
|by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com|
(5/11/13) Red Sox pitcher Junichi Tazawa (2-1) permitted a tiebreaking home run to Adam Lind in the ninth inning during Boston's 3-2 loss to Toronto on Saturday. It was the second straight appearance in which Tazawa, the team's newly appointed closer, has allowed a run in a non-save situation.
The right-hander surrendered another hit -- also his second outing in a row giving up two hits -- and struck out two batters. His ERA has swelled from 2.51 to 3.31 over his past two games, but he remains assured of his ability.
"I still have my confidence but I feel that I was given the chance to succeed so I feel bad about it," Tazawa told ESPN.com through an interpreter after the game. "But I still have my confidence. ... I didn't feel additional pressure."
|Junichi Tazawa likely just a short-term fix|
|by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer|
(5/7/13) With Andrew Bailey and Joel Hanrahan now both on the DL, the Red Sox will turn to Junichi Tazawa for their ninth-inning needs
Will he do a good job in the role? Probably. His 1.70 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 9.7 strikeouts per nine innings in 53 appearances over the last two seasons, when he was fully committed to relief, are exactly the kind of numbers you want from a closer. But I don't suspect he'll last long in the role because I don't suspect Bailey's or Hanrahan's injury will require much more than a minimal DL stay.
The Red Sox had a closer dilemma -- two proven guys still capable of getting the job done -- before Tazawa entered the picture. I'm thinking nothing Tazawa does in the next two weeks will convince them to muddy the waters further.
If I need saves and none are available on the waiver wire, I'm obviously making a play for Tazawa, but I'm expecting him to be just a short-term fix.
|Junichi Tazawa a good short-term saves solution|
|by Al Melchior | Data Analyst|
(5/7/13) Now that we know Junichi Tazawa is the preferred closer option for Red Sox manager John Farrell while Joel Hanrahan (forearm) is sidelined, owners needing saves will likely be making a beeline to the waiver wire. Maybe Hanrahan won't be out for long, or maybe Andrew Bailey (biceps) can make a quick return from the 15-day disabled list, and either scenario would put Tazawa back in a setup role.
Then again, both relievers could be out awhile, and Tazawa has the skills to keep the closer's role if he is given a chance. He has already proven to be a reliable source of strikeouts and low WHIP, and he should do a reasonably good job of keeping the ball in the park.
If you need saves in the short run, Tazawa is highly available and probably better than your other low-cost options. You just may find yourself needing to replace him soon, should Hanrahan or Bailey make a quick return.
|Red Sox leaning toward Junichi Tazawa as closer|
|by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com|
(5/7/13) Red Sox manager John Farrell told MLB Network Radio on Tuesday that he would prefer to use Junichi Tazawa as the team's closer while keeping Koji Uehara in a setup role. Boston is in need of another closer after Andrew Bailey was placed on the disabled list with a biceps injury and Joel Hanrahan being hampered by a forearm issue that could force him to miss the next few games.
"I think what we'd love to do is close Tazawa. We'd keep Koji in that eighth inning role that he's been in," Farrell said. "Fortunately we do have some depth to turn to internally and we know that we've got to get through these next couple of days to kinda regroup. ... So we're kind of breathing a little thin ice down there right now and just trying to manage the best we can to get through these next couple of days to regroup."
|In his first full season after undergoing Tommy john surgery (he pitched less than half of 2011), Junichi Tazawa dazzled, with a 1.43 ERA and 0.96 WHIP in 44 innings. He struck out 45 batters. The numbers were the best of the 26-year-old's career, at any professional level. It might be too optimistic to expect Tazawa to repeat the numbers, but he shouldn't drop off too far from his 2012 results, making him somewhat valuable in holds leagues as a low-ratio reliever who can strike out about a batter per inning. (Updated 1/9/13)|
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|5/19/13||@ MIN||2:10 pm||Pedro Hernandez|
|5/20/13||@ CHW||8:10 pm||Dylan Axelrod|
|5/21/13||@ CHW||8:10 pm||Jose Quintana|
|5/22/13||@ CHW||8:10 pm||Chris Sale|
|5/23/13||CLE||7:10 pm||Zach McAllister|
|5/24/13||CLE||7:10 pm||Justin Masterson|
|5/25/13||CLE||1:35 pm||Scott Kazmir|
= probable start