Meet the 2011 Red Sox
In the bullpenRH Daniel Bard
Fast fact: Daniels brother Luke is a sophomore at Georgia Tech and one of the top relief pitchers in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Another brother, Jared, graduated from Richmond after pitching there for two years and works for the Mets in an entry-level front office position.
Lowdown: That Bard is not the closer is hugely beneficial as he can be used in critical situations in the seventh and eighth innings rather than saved for what are often routine ninth innings. He was third in the AL with 73 strikeouts in relief last season and held opponents to a .176 average.