Wright (3-1) pitched three scoreless innings Thursday, giving up one hit while striking out two to pick up the win over the Yankees. The Yankees had just erased Boston's lead in the fourth inning when Giancarlo Stanton unloaded a grand slam off Heath Hembree, and it looked like the Red Sox's plan to clinch the AL East might have to wait. Then Wright entered. He slowed down the Yankees lineup between the fifth and seventh innings, with his knuckler causing them to take some horrific swings, and Boston's bats were able to reclaim the lead. He hasn't allowed a run since being activated from the disabled list Sept. 3, a span of seven games and 10 innings. Wright will clearly be a weapon in the postseason, whether he's needed to relieve an ineffective starter early or pitch multiple innings late.
Wright allowed a walk and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the Mets, as he secured the save. Wright was called upon in the ninth inning for his first save opportunity of the season. Craig Kimbrel was likely unavailable, given he'd collected a save on three of the previous four days. Wright has been solid in relief since being removed from the starting rotation, recording six scoreless appearances (seven innings) while fanning four. He's posted a 2.87 ERA with 35 strikeouts through 47 innings this season.
Wright allowed a hit and a walk in a scoreless eighth inning in Wednesday's 1-0 win over the Blue Jays. Wright has been used in key situations the last two times out, which is odd for a knuckleballer. However, Wright is able to get the pitch in the zone, and manager Alex Cora desperately needs someone to become a reliable eighth-inning bridge to closer Craig Kimbrel. Matt Barnes (hip) might be that guy when he returns, but it doesn't hurt to have more than one setup man.
Wright worked around a double and a walk to pitch a scoreless sixth inning in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Braves. Wright made his second appearance in as many days, suggesting he's ready for a normal workload following a stint on the disabled list due to a knee injury. It's too soon to tell if Wright can be a consistently effective reliever, but the Red Sox could really use a steady hand in the bullpen.
Wright allowed one hit in a scoreless inning in Monday's 8-2 win over Atlanta. Wright made his first appearance since being activated from the disabled list. Although Wright threw just one inning -- the fifth -- manager Alex Cora envisions using him for multiple innings and high-leverage situations, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports. Cora also sees the value of his knuckleball as a change of pace, capable of confounding hitters.