Through 22 games, Edward Mujica has really struggled to solidify a role in the Boston Red Sox bullpen. The former closer for the St. Louis Cardinals was signed for two years at $9.5 million and has shown that the regression moving from the NL to the AL is something to be worried about.
In 2013, the 30-year-old claimed the closer’s role in the early going and saved 37 contests with a solid 2.78 ERA in 65 contests. He allowed batters to hit at a .245 clip with just five walks and 46 strikeouts in 64.2 innings of work.
Those numbers were against National League opponents and Mujica has really struggled getting acclimated to the American League lineups on a regular basis.
The 7.29 ERA is the worst among relievers on the Red Sox with more than one appearance on the season. The .322 average against is the worst of his career since 2007 with the Cleveland Indians in limited opportunities. The right-hander has walked seven already in 2014 and the 1.67 WHIP is the worst of his career. The 2-2 mark helps him some, but his most recent loss against the Indians is a microcosm of what his season has been like with the Red Sox.
With the rest of the bullpen pitcher’s really solidifying their roles, John Farrell and the rest of the management staff needs to either find a way to place Mujica on the DL or just sending him to Triple-A to work on whatever is going on with his delivery.
Those options need to be decided on fast because the 30-year-old reliever should not be trusted in any type of situation except if the Red Sox are being blow out.