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Daniel Bard throws two wild pitches, blows save at Triple-A

Jun 21, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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Daniel Bard’s struggles at Triple-A continued yesterday, as he blew a two-run save by allowing two hits and uncorking two wild pitches in the ninth inning.

Bard and the Red Sox continue to insist that they haven’t given up on him returning as a starter, but since a demotion to the minors he’s made one start followed by four straight relief appearances. And overall Bard has a 7.36 ERA in 7.1 innings for Pawtucket, although that comes with a strong 10/2 K/BB ratio to suggest he’s perhaps not pitching all that horribly.

Either way, he’s seemingly not close to rejoining the Red Sox and definitely not close to doing so as a starter.

  1. plummer2512 - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    I really hope he finds it soon. He was a dominant reliever and I saw potential in him as a starting pitcher. It seems to either be in his head or a mechanics problem, though I’m leaning more toward it being a head issue. Those are sometimes the hardest to overcome, ask Chuck Knoblauch…

    • ras1tafari - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:45 AM

      This is all on the organization. The “Bard to rotation” experiment could not have gone worse. The next time they take the desires of a 23 year into account, Cherington should just jump off a bridge instead.

  2. deathmonkey41 - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Somebody get that man a Dominican milkshake!

    • pisano - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:46 AM

      deathmonkey41…or truth serum.

  3. nepo784 - Jun 21, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Bard is D-U-N. DUN!

    • ptfu - Jun 21, 2012 at 1:07 PM

      Ah, so that’s where Adam’s evil twin went. Certainly can’t be the guy producing for the White Sox.

      So according to the Dunn performance model, Bard will be historically awful all season and then be a Cy Young candidate next year. Red Sox, can you live with that?

  4. hushbrother - Jun 21, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    I think wild pitches ought to be considered as bad as walks, if you’re assessing a pitcher’s underlying performance. If you counted a wild pitch as a walk and and totaled them up for Bard, his K/W ratio wouldn’t look very good.

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