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October 3, 2013

Smitty's breakdown of Sox playoff roster

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Smitty’s comment: Proved throughout his career to be effective against both lefties and righties. I’d use Breslow in the eighth inning.

JUNICHI TAZAWA

Position: Right-handed reliever

Key stats: Threw more than 1.0 inning 11 times this season and had a 0.98 ERA when doing so.

Trademarks: Good stuff but susceptibility to giving up some homers (9 this season).

Smitty’s comment: Shaky at times, manager has stuck with him. I’d give Tazawa the seventh inning and Breslow the eighth.

RYAN DEMPSTER

Position: Right-handed reliever

Key stats: Threw 2.2 scoreless relief innings after starting all year.

Trademark: Leadership, humor

Smitty’s comment: Struck out 8.2 batters per nine innings so he could be effective in this role.

FRANKLIN MORALES

Position: Left-handed reliever

Key stats: Didn’t allow a run in 10 of final 11 outings

Trademarks: Velocity, shaky control

Smitty’s comment: Lacks command at times. Might need to pitch in a few key spots.

BRANDON WORKMAN

Position: Right-handed reliever

Key stats: 2.45 ERA in three starts compared to 6.94 ERA in 17 relief outings.

Trademarks: Velocity, command

Smitty’s comment: Has struggled mightily out of the ‘pen. Don’t expect too many high-pressure stints for him.

MATT THORNTON

Position: Left-handed reliever

Key stats: 1.76 WHIP with Boston

Trademarks: Effectiveness against lefties.

Smitty’s comment: Has put too many batters on base since coming here. Will have to get a few lefties out in key situations.

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