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Supposedly the closer of the future for the Red Sox, Bard has not showed any consistency to be a force at the end of the bullpen. Since 2009, he has blown 15 of his 20 save opportunities. Some of those came as a setup man, but others came in a closer situation.
Even though he is just 27, Bard is really not one of those relievers who can be relied on in the ninth in a one-run game. He walks too many batters.
He is best suited for the setup role, with 79 holds from 2009 to 2011. He rarely failed to get the job done in the seventh and eighth innings when Terry Francona needed that much-needed strikeout.
Maybe Bard is a lost cause, but if he can somehow stay on this team, then he should be able to get the job done as a late-inning strikeout machine.