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The Over the Monster Podcast: Matt Barnes wins a major award

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In which we discuss Matt Barnes, the rest of the bullpen, and the bottom of the lineup.

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Welcome back for another episode of the Over the Monster Podcast. As always, it is myself (Matt) and Bryan back for another week discussing all that is happening with the Red Sox right now. And for this week, that means we have to start with Matt Barnes. We start off this week’s episode talking about the Red Sox closer fresh off being awarded the AL Reliever of the Month, an award I was totally aware of before last week. We talk about our confidence in him moving forward, the idea of talking extension right now, and whether or not we think he’ll be back one way or the other in 2022.

After that, we shift our attention a bit to the rest of the bullpen, honing in specifically on Adam Ottavino and Darwinzon Hernandez. Now seems like a good time to mention this episode was recorded prior to Tuesday’s game. We discuss some of the issues with Ottavino and wonder whether or not Hernandez should pass him on the depth chart at some point soon. We then move on to one of the other big issues on this roster: The bottom of the lineup.

From there, we talk about Garrett Richards turning things around after our segment on him last week. We take full credit for the turnaround, though we disagree on how much of it is for real and whether or not he’ll be closer to this great version of himself or the lesser version from earlier in the season. After that, we briefly hand out some awards for the month of April before calling it a show.

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