You'd think that a major league team would be able to hold a nine-run lead after five innings, right? You evidently haven't met the current Boston Red Sox bullpen. Boston blew one such lead on Saturday against, let's face it, the worst team against whom they could possibly blow a lead. The Yankees left Boston having taken two from the Red Sox, leaving their rivals at 4-10 and wondering where it all went wrong. Bobby Valentine is taking the brunt of the criticism, but is it really his fault?


Blame Valentine?

It's easy to point fingers at Bobby Valentine, but it's also tough to fault him for a bullpen which can't seem to get anybody out.

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How much blame do you place on Bobby Valentine for the Red Sox's slow start?

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    19%
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    55%
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    26%

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Bard's role?

Daniel Bard's time as a starter did not last long -- he'll be available out of the bullpen as of today.

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Where would Daniel Bard be most useful for the Red Sox?

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    70%
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    30%

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Playoffs still possible?

The Red Sox started badly last season and, despite a September collapse, still finished within one game of making the playoffs.

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Will the Red Sox make the playoffs?

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    74%
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    26%

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