BOSTON -- Lefty Craig Breslow has been unable to find the form that made him one of the most reliable relievers the Red Sox had last year.
Breslow has pitched in 29 games, posting a 5.40 ERA. Opponents are hitting .296 against him. Manager John Farrell doesn't believe the lefty is injured.
"Two nights ago, I thought he was throwing some of his better stuff of late. There's been multiple conversations on more approach, rather than physical side that might play into the number of walks," said Farrell. "I thought he was more aggressive the other night and yet there were a couple of base hits were when he was ahead in the count. But we're still trying to seek some consistency with the performance."
In essence, the Sox would like Breslow to trust his stuff more.
"I think more just in terms of being aggressive overall rather than thinking there's got to be a perfect pitch made each time," Farrell said.
Could it be that Breslow is feeling the after-effects of a long season in which the Red Sox went all the way to the World Series?
"Well I can't say that October doesn't have a carryover effect for every guy, regardless of position," said Farrell. "You take all that into account. The one area of greatest unpredictability is the bullpen from year-to-year performance. There's no injury, he's pitched a lot over the last four or five years. All I can speak to is there are no physical ailments right now that specifically he's dealing with."