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he late-innings Chad Bettis Jersey , but they could really use a third. Is that third already in the organization?"The biggest issue here, to me, is that a modern bullpen really needs at least three big-time, trustworthy arms for the late innings. Last season it was Kimbrel and Barnes, and Brasier took over later in the year. Teams like the Yankees and the Astros are loaded with these kinds of arms. The Red Sox need to find one other guy to step up, too. Chances are that guy is going to come in the middle of the summer with a midseason trade, but that can’t be the plan now. If that is the plan, it would be silly that they seemingly didn’t even try to make a move over the winter. More likely is they feel they can get at least one guy currently in the organization to step up.I think if you polled people involved in decision-making for the Red Sox, most would point to Steven Wright as the most likely to be that third late-inning arm. The team is clearly high on Wright, and always has been, but it’s hard to ignore the warning signs. First and foremost, of course, is the knee injury. It’s been a while since the knuckleballer was totally healthy, and that knee is the reason he’s only going to pitch out of the bullpen in 2019. Then there’s just the inherent uneasiness that comes with a knuckleball being used in high-leverage situations, though that’s probably more of a me problem than an actual problem. To be fair, Wright pitched to a 1.52 ERA in relief last year while allowing a .618 OPS and a 2.99 ERA with a .683 OPS in the role over his career. If healthy, Wright will get the chance to serve in this third-man role, though I’m not completely sold he’ll be healthy enough to be truly reliable for long stretches.Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY SportsI think if you polled fans of the Red Sox Jonathan Lucroy Jersey , most would point to one of the younger arms as the most likely to step up and be that third late-inning arm. Here, we’re talking about one of Colten Brewer, Durbin Feltman, Darwinzon Hernandez and Travis Lakins. The talent is there for these guys to step up, though I think it can be easy to overstate the likeliness of them getting to that point, particularly in 2019. I am extremely excited about Brewer and think working with Brian Bannister has real potential to unlock something in him, but I also don’t think that’s something that should be counted on. Feltman has never pitched a full professional season, so the idea of thinking he can come in and be an important piece down the stretch in 2019 seems optimistic, even if it’s not totally unrealistic. Hernandez has huge potential, but the command problems are very real. If people get frustrated with Barnes, they are going to get frustrated with Hernandez unless he makes a major adjustment. Lakins may be the most likely of this group to make some sort of impact in 2019, but I don’t think he quite has the talent to be this kind of late-inning arm. He’s more of a very good middle reliever to me, at least to start.You’ll notice I didn’t mention the guys who currently project to fill out the middle innings in Tyler Thornburg, Heath Hembree and Brandon Workman. I don’t have a ton of faith in any of them getting up to the point in being a late-inning arm. Those guys will play important roles in 2019, as a marathon season necessitates important innings from anyone on the major-league roster. That is where the biggest issue with this bullpen lies, in my eyes, not in the later innings. Those middle-inning roles are where that group of younger arms can come in and be important. As for that late-inning role seemingly up for grabs, the Red Sox have two guys who have earned some confidence in being high-leverage relievers for a playoff team. It’s finding that third , complementary arm that is eluding them right now. If only there was an elite reliever on the free agent market to fill that hole. MILWAUKEE (AP) — Facing the prospect of a three-game sweep by the last-place Seattle Mariners, the Milwaukee Brewers rediscovered their winning formula.Orlando Arcia hit a three-run homer and the Brewers snapped a two-game skid with a 4-2 victory over the Mariners on Thursday.“We needed it,” outfielder Christian Yelich said. “That’s the kind of game we’re accustomed to playing. That’s us, as a team, that kind of game but it just hasn’t worked out for us over the last few weeks. It’s been a tough stretch, for sure, but we showed signs of getting back on track and doing what we’re capable of.”Article continues below ...Yelich narrowly missed his MLB-leading 30th home run of the season in the first inning. The Brewers wouldn’t threaten again until the fourth when Mike Leake loaded the bases with one out to bring up starting pitcher Chase Anderson.Anderson put down a near-perfect suicide squeeze to score Ryan Braun. And one pitch later, Arcia sent a three-run blast to right.Chase Anderson (4-2) bounced back after he allowed six runs in his previous start. Anderson allowed two runs, one earned, and struck out six in 5 1/3 innings.“Chase was really good today. I thought just the command of his pitches is what stood out,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. (Catcher Yasmani Grandal) did a really nice job of sequences. It wasn’t necessarily the strikeouts that stood out, it was the popups and the lazy fly balls.”Leake (7-7) allowed four runs, eight hits and a walk while striking out five over six innings.“I could have placed (the pitch to Arcia) a little better,” Leake said. “I could have gone off the plate and tested where he was at first instead of going right at him.“That one inning was the blemish.”Josh Hader struck out three batters over the final two innings to earn his 19th save of the season.Tim Beckham and Daniel Vogelbach hit back-to-back RBI doubles in the sixth for Seattle.FLASHBACK FOR ANDERSONAnderson said he hadn’t executed a suicide squeeze since he was 13 years old, cashing in on a couple of errors and scoring the winning run to lead a group of seventh graders against a team of eighth graders.“It’s kind of crazy to be able to do that in that moment, sparking a rally,” Anderson said. “Getting it started and being an impact with the bat is a huge advantage for a starting pitcher.”SANTANA’S STREAK ENDSSeattle outfielder Domingo Santana went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts, ending his nine-game hitting streak. He batted .353 (12-for-34) during that run with four doubles DJ LeMahieu Jersey , four home runs and 11 RBIs. He had two hits, including a double and two RBIs in the first two games against Milwaukee, which dealt him to the Mariners in an offseason trade.“It was nice to come back here,” Santana said. “The fans really appreciate me and showed it to me. The team — I have a good chemistry with them. I really enjoyed being a Brewer so it was really fun to come back.”FIRST PITCHPro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Kramer threw out the first pitch. Kramer won five NFL championships, including the first two Super Bowls, with the Green Bay Packers.TRAINER’S ROOMMariners: 3B Kyle Seager got the day off again Thursday, still feeling sore after injuring his right hand during an at-bat in the series opener.“For me, there’s no reason to rush him back for a day game after a night game.” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “We’ll give him another day today. We’ll see how he is over in Houston. He felt it in the swing. I don’t feel it will be a big issue.”Brewers: OF Lorenzo Cain was back in Milwaukee’s lineup Thursday, two days after receiving a cryogenic treatment on his ailing right thumb, but batted sixth instead of his usual leadoff spot — where Grandal has been performing well of late.Counsell said he plans to move Cain back into that spot, but wants to make sure he’s playing at full strength.“I don’t think how we line up is going to determine our fate,” Counsell said. “It’s playing well.”UP NEXT:Mariners: Seattle continues its road trip Friday night in Houston where LHP Tommy Milone (1-2, 3.35 ERA) — following an opener — will face off against Astros LHP Wade Miley (6-4, 3.51 ERA).Brewers: It’s back to the NL Central for the Brewers, who send RHP Jhoulys Chacin (3-8, 5.88 ERA) against RHP Chris Archer (3-6, 5.56) and the Pittsburgh Pirates in the opener of a three-game series at home.

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