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Daniel Bard is getting worse

Jul 6, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

Daniel Bard

Daniel Bard’s trip back to the minors to get his head back on straight is not working. And last night he may have had his worst outing so far this year, majors or minors.

He cam in to last night’s game with two men on and no one out. Then he hit the first batter he faced, allowed a two-run double, hit another batter and then gave up an RBI single. That was his whole outing. He threw 20 pitches, just 8 for strikes, and threw two wild pitches.

One has to wonder whether the year’s struggles are the result of an injury or morphing into Steve Blass Syndrome or something else equally scary.

  1. seeinred87 - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Maybe he’s Rick Ankiel version 2.0. I bet he’d have a cannon from the outfield too.

  2. Jack Marshall - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    So sad. But this started in September of last season. It was obvious to everyone but Terry Francona that something was wrong with Bard, but he kept trotting him out there to blow leads.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:33 AM

      For the Sox fans, have you noticed any mechanical differences? He was never this wild from the few Yanks/Sox games I saw (just bad against lefties). This is obviously far worse.

      • Jack Marshall - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:39 PM

        I sure haven’t. But its also his velocity. He used to throw 98-100 with control, now he’s 93-96 and wild.

        It’s his head. He was always less effective when he let people get on base. He was never as good coming in the middle of innings with runners on. Even when he was throwing well, he wasn’t effective closing. He’s the opposite of a guy like Padilla, who looks angry, defiant and determined when runners are on.

        I think the Sox may have had a chance to salvage Bard after his one relief appearance this season, when he got the crucial outs in the pivotal inning, and the crowd went nuts. I think he could have built on that, perhaps.

  3. bigleagues - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    This just two days after he and his pitching Coach proclaimed that something had ‘just clicked’ and he was confident that had turned a corner.

    Oh man, does my boy Arnie Beyeler have his work cut out for him!

  4. deathmonkey41 - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    He’s been Jobahed!!!

  5. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    boston deerves this for getting rid of Jenks!!! Bring back Jenks!!!

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:52 PM

      Uh, no.

  6. uyf1950 - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Good golly Miss Molly, I didn’t think anything could be worse then that outing that caused to Red Sox to send him to the minors.

  7. zidanevalor - Jul 6, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    First Evan Longoria reinjures himself and then Daniel Bard gets lit up.

    Major league players are going to start avoiding Rochester, NY at all costs at this rate.

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