Maybe the best part of both Hanrahan and Bailey is they have allowed few base runners when pitching at their best in recent years. Bailey had a 0.95 combined WHIP (walks and hits allowed per innings pitched) during three seasons with Oakland.
Hanrahan recorded a 1.05 WHIP in ‘11 and a 1.27 mark in ‘12 despite a shaky September/October (2.00).
The Boston pen looks fairly impressive with those two followed by newly-acquired Koji Uehara as well as Junichi Tazawa, Craig Breslow, Alfredo Aceves, Franklin Morales, Daniel Bard, Clayton Mortensen and Andrew Miller.
“There are a lot of arms down there that can get the job done at any time,” Hanrahan said.
“I was looking at something on the plane here where MLB Network had the top five bullpens. ... I was thinking they might throw us on there. But we’ll have to work our way onto it. We belong there.”