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Robby Scott making interesting postseason bullpen case

September 25, 2016

Robby Scott.

What round was he drafted in again?

LOL. Good one.

Scott was an undrafted free agent, who the Red Sox signed out of an independent league. But now, he looks like someone who could be an asset in October.

He did just about everything for the PawSox. And this far, he’s been pretty good for the Red Sox. He’s thrown 5.1 scoreless innings in six outings and lefties are two for ten off him. Small sample size. Yes. But not bad. Lefties only hit .147 off him in Triple-A, so there is a larger sampling to support the claim. And John Farrell has been impressed.

Likely, the Red Sox will need two left-handed relievers in their postseason bullpen. And Robbie Ross Jr. is a lock to be one of them. Why? He’s the only lefty reliever who has been on the roster since opening day. He owns a 3.21 ERA in 51 outings and lefties are hitting .182 with a .517 OPS against him this season.

Fernando Abad would be another choice. But he owns a 6.39 ERA in 17 outings since coming to Boston and as of Sept. 25, he hadn’t pitched since Sept. 16. If that’s any indication, he has fallen out of favor.

Scott had thrown four times in that span — in left-handed specialist situations.

One has to wonder if the Red Sox would consider keeping three lefty relievers on their postseason roster because Drew Pomeranz is another bullpen option. He’s 4-4 with a 2.14 ERA in 58 career relief outings. And in non-save situations, his ERA can be shrunk down to 1.29 in 40 outings. Again, his arm might be cooked this year, so it’s unclear what Boston plans to do with him. Maybe they carry three lefty relievers though. After all, they don’t have a ridiculously deep bench in terms of position players. And their lineup is strong as is.