After blowing his third save in his last five chances, Andrew Bailey has been removed from the role of Red Sox closer, manager John Ferrell told reporters (Evan Drellich on Twitter). There was no specific word on who would take over for Bailey, only that the Red Sox would look internally.
The latest blown save came Thursday night in Detroit, when Bailey allowed a walk and then a walkoff homer to Jhonny Peralta without recording an out.
That means in his last five outings, Bailey has three blown saves, a 15.75 ERA and 3.25 WHIP in four innings. He's walked five, allowed four homers and struck out three in that time span.
Clearly, there's something wrong. Before these past five games, Bailey had a 1.47 ERA, 27 strikeouts, six walks and only two home runs allowed in 18 1/3 innings.
Right-handers Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa would make sense as replacements. Earlier in the year when both Bailey and Joel Hanrahan were hurt, the Red Sox named Tazawa the closer, though he never ended up getting a save.