posted at 10/31/2013 11:24 PM EDT
In response to BMav's comment:
Koji is the closer. I was a bit worried how he would be able to handle a defeat. But he never had to. Now that he has brung us a ring, a regular season blown save will be like water on a duck's back.
Miller was getting real good before he had the freak leg injury. He had a 1.21 WHIP and 1.31 ERA with a ton of K's in his last 21 innings. I wished we had him in this years playoffs.
Workman pitched 8.2 innings of shutout baseball in this years playoffs. I loved his calm demeanor. However, do you want to waste him as a middleman in the pen? I think I would start him out again as a starter in AAA. And play it by ear.
I am still very high on Alan Webster. He was great in the minors early, came up and was very bad. Went back to AAA and was awful his first couple of starts, probably messed up a bit in the head. Then got it together again and was very good down the stretch. I start him in AAA just like Workman. My main concern about Webster is his expressions on the mound and that worries me if he becomes a reliever. He needs to improve his mound presence.
In very much the same way fans overvalue closers, they undervalue middle relief work.
If Workman and Webster are added to the bullpen mix with Uehara, Tazawa, Breslow, and 2 of the 3 from Miller, Morales and Britton, the Sox could have a formidable shut-down bullpen that does not totally rely on three pitchers only in key games.
Really, I am surpised GMs have not figured out the Moneyball advantage of middle relief, and how it is a very cheap way to take a powerful advantage. (Although I think Billy Beane might have figured this out.)
Also, I think Webster lacks the stamina to be a starting option.