Remember just a few months back, when we were all shocked and amazed that Theo Epstein was not only tossing dollars around like Monopoly money, but spending that money on honest-to-goodness bullpen arms? And remember that final week before the season began, when each day we tried to play the "which stellar relievers are going to round out the bullpen" game?
Oh, to be young and naive again.
As of today, that bullpen that we gushed over so heavily is at the very bottom of the league, rocking an embarrassing 6.56 ERA.
By the end of [last night's game], the bullpen ERA climbed to 6.56, the worst such mark in all of Major League Baseball.. with the Dodgers (6.17 ERA) having the only other bullpen over the 6.00 mark.
The problem thus far has involved just about everyone not named Jonathan Papelbon or Alfredo Aceves. Those two have a combined ERA of 2.13 and 0.868 WHIP over 12 2/3 innings, while the rest of the relievers have an 8.15 ERA and a 1.528 WHIP.
The common preseason thought of Papelbon forming a fearsome trio with Daniel Bard and Bobby Jenks at the back end has largely come up short. Bard (0-2, 6.75 ERA) has just two clean innings in his 6 2/3 innings of work, while Jenks, although strong in his first four outings, surrendered four hits and four earned runs on Friday night against Toronto, another game that the bullpen let get away.
If you want to put a positive spin on it, you could always say that our bullpen is the best at giving up runs.
Glass half full and all that...