Daniel Bard gets the call

We have been watching the career of Daniel Bard with great interest. And it’s about to take off. In an eagerly anticipated move, the Red Sox have decided to call up the soon-to-be 24-year old righty. The young fireballer sits at 96-98 mph, and has hit triple digits on the radar gun on multiple occasions. And it’s not just the velocity that’s impressive, but the way he throws the ball. His motion is as relaxed and easy as anyone you’ll find, and that fastball literally explodes out of his hand. It’ll be fun to see how he stacks up against big league hitting.

Bard was 1-0 with 6 saves and a 1.13 ERA in 11 games at Pawtucket at the time of the callup. He is the owner of an otherworldly K/9 rate of 16.31, and he’s walked very few, posting a 5.80 K/BB ratio. The only two runs he’s allowed this season were two solo homers, and opponents have managed just 6 hits off of him over 16 IP (that’s a batting average of .117). It’s clear that he’s found a comfort zone in the bullpen after switching there last year, and has established enough consistency to help the big league club.

The Sox have designated reliever Javier Lopez for assignment, who is currently 0-2 with a 9.26 ERA. He’s issued 9 walks in 11.2 IP, and that is not something the Red Sox are okay with. A solid member of the Red Sox bullpen the past three seasons, Lopez is struggling against everyone. As a LOOGY-type reliever, lefties are hitting .429/.538/.571 against Lopez this year. He’ll most likely get back on track at some point, but the Sox would like to give Bard a shot for now. He’s certainly earned it.


One Response to Daniel Bard gets the call

  1. redsoxtalk says:

    Bard was good in his first outing last night against the Angels. How about that 98 mph heater by Mike Napoli? More than the velocity, though, I thought he did a great job of locating, even his breaking stuff; I didn’t see any of those pitches in the upper half of the zone. He kept his curveball down, and got Howie Kendrick to ground out on one pitch. He looked pretty poised, and it’s nice to have someone else out there who can go two innings when needed.

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