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Bad Luck Bullpen

If there is one area the Red Sox haven't seen much luck this year, it's in the bullpen. Joel Hanrahan, Andrew Bailey, and Andrew Miller were expected to be the 3 big guns in the 'pen for Boston. All 3 are on the D.L.

Oh, and while we're on the topic of luck, remember Mark Melancon? The guy who had a 6.22 ERA for Boston in 2012? He's pitching out of his mind for Pittsburgh with an ERA of 0.81. Figures, right?

The acquisition of Matt Thornton was a solid move for the Red Sox. However, I still see the Sox as 1 bullpen arm short of being a complete ballclub. I don't see how they can upgrade the lineup, nor acquire another starting pitcher without rocking the boat. An above average, go-to 8th inning guy could just put the Sox over the hump.

Here are 3 guys I would be disappointed if not found in a Boston uniform by July 31st:

Francisco Rodriguez of MIL: 1.14 ERA in 24 appearances in 2013. Started the year in the set-up role, and moved into the closer role after Jim Henderson's injury.

Luke Gregerson of SD: 2.93 ERA in 43 appearances in 2013. Has never had an ERA above 3.24 in 4 1/2 major league seasons.

Jared Burton of MIN: 3.59 ERA in 44 appearances in 2013. Had career best 2.18 ERA in 2012, but with 2010-2011 being lost seasons for Burton, he still must prove himself.

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