The bad performance yesterday — and most of the season — may be enough to doom Daniel Bard’s future as a starting pitcher, but if there was any doubt about it, read this from WEEI:
According to a major league source, as we sit here right now, the Sox’ priority when it comes to bolstering the big league roster in the days leading up to the deadline is finding starting pitching depth.
This from a team that has Daisuke Matsuzaka poised to return soon and will have Aaron Cook back soon as well.
Bard has 37 walks and 34 strikeouts in 55 innings and an ERA of 5.25.
While newly-acquired talent Danny Espinosa was off collecting hits for the Blue Jays against the Orioles, Marcus Stroman led a youth-filled roster against the Canadian Junior National Team in a split-squad game on Saturday. In the eighth inning, 17-year-old Canadian pitcher Braden Halladay took the mound to honor his late father’s memory against his former team.
Halladay accomplished just that, wielding a fastball that topped out in the low-80s and setting down a perfect 1-2-3 inning against the top of the lineup. No one batter saw more than a single pitch from the right-hander: Mc Gregory Contreras and Mattingly Romanin flew out to the outfield corners and Bo Bichette laid down a ground ball for an easy third out.
MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm has a fantastic profile of the high school junior, including his approach to the game and his attempt to do Roy Halladay proud while carving out his own path to the majors. “From a pitching standpoint, it was everything I could have asked for and more,” Halladay told reporters. “Especially now, every time I make mistakes, I still hear him drilling me about them in my head, just because he’s done it so many times before. From a mind-set standpoint, I don’t think with any bias that I could have had a better teacher.”