June 9, 2013; Boston, MA USA; Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara (19) pitches during the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Red Sox Name Koji Uehara Closer

In a bit of a mild upset, the Boston Red Sox named as their closer after Andrew Bailey was removed from the role last evening.

Uehara has been fantastic this season, posting an impressive 2.10 ERA with a 0.87 WHIP in 30 innings. In addition to the fantastic ERA, Koji has a daunting 42 strikeouts in 30 innings and should find success in the closer role, at least, that’s the hope of Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell.

Many had suggested that the Red Sox would name Junichi Tazawa as the closer as Tazawa filled in for Bailey earlier in the year when he went down with injury, but Tazawa’s success in a set up role while pitching somewhat ineffective as a closer may have impacted Farrell’s decision.

How the Red Sox will use Uehara at closer is unknown as Farrell isn’t exactly fond of using Koji on back to back days, so they may opt to have somewhat of a committee scenario on days where Koju pitched the previous night.

Hope everybody is ready for their atomic high fives….

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