How Bad Can the Boston Red Sox Get?

"Boston's Jon Lester leaves the game"
Boston's Jon Lester leaves the game and Valentine waits.
I’m sorry to appear to be a downer here but when I think about it, I am not the downer. It’s the Red Sox who are the downer. It’s bad enough that the lowly Jays swept them. But 15-7 on Sunday? How else should I feel?

Hits and Runs

The Jays hammered out 18 hits, including 4 homeruns. The Red Sox managed 7 runs on 9 hits. Not bad at all. The problem in this game was not the hitting. It was Red Sox starting pitching.

For the Red Sox, with Ortiz still out, it was Ellsbury (2-5) and Gonzalez (2-4) who swung the big bats. Gonzalez had 3 RBI. Aviles managed 1 hit and 2 RBI.

Arm Strength

John Lester (5-8, 5.46 ERA) started, going 4 innings and giving up 11 runs. He offered 5 in the first, 4 in the second and 2 in the fifth. He could not get an out in the fifth. He gave up 4 homers, including 2 in the second. In relief, Mark Melancon (7.29 ERA) gave up 5 hits and 4 runs.

In the two previous games versus Toronto, Boston pitching gave up 13 runs, while the offense scored 4 runs. For the series, the Blue Jays had 28 runs and the Red Sox 11.

Three Steps Back

After their four-games series with the White Sox, Boston was three games over .500 at 48-45. By the time the Blue Jays left town they were 48-48. They left Fenway going 3-4. Not a good home stand at all and going on the road to Texas and then New York.

So, after that final game at Fenway, series against Toronto and home stand, I’ve got to say the Red Sox were a real downer. I think it’s time to turn our attention to Bobby Valentine. What is he going to do? Can’t he be proactive in some manner?

Trades?

The Yankees got Ichiro Suzuki and the Tigers Anibal Sanchez. So what will Boston GM Ben Cherington do? Last week, team president Larry Lucchino said the general manager was empowered to make the big deal. My next blog will consider some of those possible deals.

All I know is that the Red Sox need some sort of leadership and fast. Someone has to do something. Right now, it’s like they’re the dance band on the Titanic. Do something, guys!

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