Boston Red Sox: The 2010s All-Decade Team

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 28: Members of the Boston Red Sox react after the final out was recorded to win the 2018 World Series in game five against the Los Angeles Dodgers on October 28, 2018 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 28: Members of the Boston Red Sox react after the final out was recorded to win the 2018 World Series in game five against the Los Angeles Dodgers on October 28, 2018 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images) /
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All-Decade Boston Red Sox Relief Pitchers

Set-Up Man

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For a time Koji Uehara (Set-Up Man) was one of the dominant relievers in the game. He pitched five seasons with Boston, the first three (2013-2015) of which were absolutely stellar. In that time span, Uehara appeared in 180 games, tossing 179 innings with a 1.86 ERA and striking out 228 batters. He is precisely the type of bullpen arm the team is missing today.

Closer

Prior to the 2019 MLB season, Craig Kimbrel (Closer) was on pace to become the greatest closer of all time. A depressed market followed by an atrocious performance, however, might indicate that Kimbrel’s best days are behind him.

The 2010s were mostly great for “Dirty Craig.” In all, he played three seasons for the Boston Red Sox. In that span, from 2016-2018, Kimbrel featured a 2.44 ERA and 305 SO over 184.1 innings.

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His 108 saves in that period were third-most in MLB behind Edwin Diaz (109 SV) and Kenley Jansen (126 SV).