Papelbon back to his old tricks, the bullpen

It’s official. You won’t see Joel Pineiro, Branden Donnelly, or J.C. Romero coming out of the bullpen in the 9th. You won’t see Mike Timlin or Julian Tavarez either. Instead, it’ll be young Jonathan Papelbon closing Red Sox games again this year.

A lot of people were excited about seeing him start, and about the potential 1-2-3-4 punch that Boston’s rotation would deliver with him in the starting rotation with Curt Schilling, Josh Beckett, and Daisuke Matsuzaka.

But there’s no arguing with his past success, and while we can’t expect the same type of dominating performance, Jonathan has the stuff to get the job done.

What do you think of Papelbon’s return to the closer’s role? Leave a comment below!



  1. Pat

    Not trying to second guess concerning his shoulder health or other critiques on the decision, I think it’s a good one. We didn’t have a closer and now we do. Not only that but past performance shows he’s a good one. Life is good. It’s the other aspects of the bull pen that still leaves me with concerns.

  2. Paul

    I think it’s great that Papelbon is back in the bullpen, I was concerned that no one in the pen could close the game like he can. So i was estatic when he said that he was going back their to be the closer.

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