The Boston Red Sox appear to be ruining Daniel Bard in the same way the New York Yankees have seemingly ruined Joba Chamberlain. By alternating a pitcher between a reliever to a starter to a temporary closer, it can not only mess with his psyche, but also his mechanics and confidence on the mound. You would think one team would learn from their rival’s mistake, but that does not appear to be the case.
The Red Sox are a desperate team right now. That is not in question. They have already pulled the trigger on a Marlon Byrd trade to add some stability to a depleted outfield, and the lineup has had more changes than the scoreboard, even considering how many crooked numbers the bullpen has put up this season.