If tonight wasn't proof then I don't know what is.
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Manny Delcarmen came into the bottom of the ninth inning in an 11-3 ball game at Camden Yards and began his outing by allowing back-to-back home runs to Ty Wigginton and Felix Pie.
He then walked the next two batters he faced and was thereafter pulled by Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona.
There were still no outs in the inning.
Ramon Ramirez was summoned and cleaned up Delcarmen's mess as the Red Sox eventually won it, 11-5.
MLB.com Red Sox beat writer Ian M Browne posted Delcarmen's month by month ERA's on Twitter and the numbers aren't pretty.
April - 0.00 ERA
May - 3.00 ERA
June - 4.00 ERA
July - 4.66 ERA
Aug. - 5.25 ERA
Sept.- 6.75 ERA (before Saturday's game)
His overall ERA is 3.74.
For some reason Delcarmen is going backwards while the rest of the Red Sox pitching staff seem to be finally clicking at the right time.
Will his current performance kick him off the postseason roster? Should Sox fans be worried about this?
He has a lot to prove with only two weeks left in the regular season. Boston has plenty of relievers, but losing Delcarmen would be a blow to the bullpen.