Junichi Tazawa RP BOS 2 weeks ago

Tazawa pitched a scoreless inning, giving up one hit and striking out one, in Boston's win over Oakland on Tuesday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Tazawa has not allowed a run in 12 of his 14 appearances this season. He's a bedrock in the bullpen and can continue that as long as he's not used too much. He's shown a propensity to break down toward the end of seasons, which is why the return of Carson Smith from a forearm injury was so important for Tazawa's long-term value. With he, Smith and Koji Uehara juggling the high-leverage setup innings, the hope is that Tazawa can be good all season long.

Junichi Tazawa RP BOS 2 months ago

Tazawa worked a perfect seventh inning Tuesday, striking out two batters in Boston's 6-2 win over Cleveland.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Red Sox manager John Farrell couldn't have drawn it up any better than how it played out Tuesday. David Price went six strong innings in the cold, followed by perfection from Tazawa in the seventh, a perfect Koji Uehara (one strikeout) in the eighth, and new closer Craig Kimbrel (two strikeouts, one walk) to close the door. Tazawa will move to primarily a seventh-inning role in 2016 while Farrell looks to manage his usage. Tazawa, who has made the 10th most relief appearances since the beginning of 2013, has experienced a tired arm late in the season that last couple of years.

Junichi Tazawa RP BOS 2 months ago

Tazawa earned a hold after pitching a scoreless inning with two walks on Thursday against the Twins.

Competitive Edge Analysis

This was only Tazawa's sixth appearance through this spring training, but he has five strikeouts in five innings pitched. Tazawa will move from a setup role to more of a bullpen role this year with the addition of Craig Kimbrel at closer.

Junichi Tazawa RP BOS 4 months ago

The Red Sox and Tazawa agreed to a one-year, $3.375 million contract in January of 2016, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

For the third year in a row, the two sides came to an agreement, which coincide with Tazawa's amount of time holding down the role of setup man for the Red Sox. The 2015 season was a bumpy ride for the righty, though, as he compiled a 2-7 record, 4.14 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 56:13 K:BB in 58.2 innings.

Junichi Tazawa RP BOS 8 months ago

Tazawa has been shut down for the rest of 2015 due to workload concerns, the Boston Globe's Pete Abraham reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Tazawa sits at 58.2 innings on the season, which is less than he has thrown in each of the two previous seasons, but his performance of late does suggest that he is wearing down. The 29-year-old righty proved pretty convincingly that he is not cut out to handle the ninth inning after Koji Uehara went down, so he will be locked into mid-to-late inning complimentary role in the bullpen next season.

Junichi Tazawa RP BOS 9 months ago

Tazawa, who allowed four runs in a third of an inning Friday night, attributed his poor outing to "missed location of my fastball," ESPN Boston reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

If his poor outing is the result of a mechanical issue, that can be fixed. If it's something more, say, fatigue brought on by a heavy workload over the past three years, then that's a different matter for Boston. Since the start of the 2013 season, Tazawa has made 215 appearances (including the 2013 playoffs). Since Aug. 1, he's allowed 14 runs on 24 hits in 13.2 innings.

Junichi Tazawa RP BOS 9 months ago

Tazawa was torched for four runs on four hits while recording just one out in the eighth inning of an 8-4 loss to Tampa Bay on Friday night.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Brought on to protect a 4-3 lead, Tazawa wasn't fooling anyone, and continues to struggle mightily since the Red Sox lost closer Koji Uehara for the season. He was initially named to take over for Uehara, but ineffectiveness made that a short term scenario, and he hasn't fared much better since returning to his usual set-up role.

Junichi Tazawa RP BOS 9 months ago

Tazawa worked around two hits in a scoreless eighth inning against the Yankees on Monday for his 16th hold.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Apparently, the hip ailment he's suffering from isn't serious enough to keep Tazawa off the field for the last-place Red Sox. Tazawa certainly didn't look overpowering in this one, but considering that Jean Machi looked horrendous in the ninth, this could continue to be a fluid closing situation.

Junichi Tazawa RP BOS 9 months ago

Tazawa (hip) has been removed from the Red Sox's closer role, CSN New England reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Tazawa's last appearance came in extra innings Friday, allowing four walks and a hit before injuring his hip and exiting. Jean Machi will take over the closer duties from him moving forward, while he will move into a setup role for the Red Sox.

Junichi Tazawa RP BOS 9 months ago

Tazawa is dealing with a sore right hip and groin after twisting awkwardly to field a come-backer Friday night, the Boston Globe reports. He's expected to be able to pitch Sunday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Jean Machi served as Boston's closer in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Mets. Even without the discomfort in Tazawa's hip/groin, he may not have pitched Saturday after throwing 30 pitches Friday night.