I have no problem with Reed as a closer. Yes, he has blown chow lately. He ran out of gas in September last year as well. Career-wise, September is by far his worst month. That would be my main concern about Reed going into next season. The Sox need to find a way to keep him strong throughout the entire year.
Sale and Quintana were out of gas in September last year. This year, both men are finishing up strong. The club needs Reed to take that same step as a closer as well. He's only 24. Only a fool would give up on him now. And regardless, as a matter of philosophy, I'm generally against spending big bucks on closers. There are so many greater problems on this team. Hell, the Sox basically need to rebuild the entire middle of the order at this point.
JB's attendance record:
2004: 14-5; 2005: 16-8; 2006: 19-10; 2007: 8-12; 2008: 15-7; 2009: 6-13; 2010: 12-11; 2011: 9-8; 2012: 11-7; 2013: 8-9; 2014: 7-9; 2015: 10-10; 2016: 11-7. Total: 146-116.
Next game: Aug. 27 vs. Seattle
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