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Ground Hog Day Continues For The Red Sox

Posted By Brian Joyce On Apr 7 2011 @ 6:59 pm In Boston Red Sox | No Comments

Different city, but the same result for the Red Sox. Against the Rangers, the Red Sox pitching staff got lit up. The three game series against the Tribe, the bats went dead and the pitching  staff other than today’s starter Jon Lester ( 7 scoreless innings but nothing to show for it)  wasn’t very good.  You really can’t point your finger at one thing with this team.  It has been a disaster all the way around. They are playing lifeless and uninspiring baseball. They are going through the motions and it’s showing on the diamond. A lot of mental mistakes so far in the first six games.  A mental mistake is how the game ended today: pinch runner Darnell McDonald fell down taking a turn past second and was tagged out for the final out of the game.  So far this season, the Red Sox have been outscored 38-16. Boston as a team is hitting a pathetic .181– and are 7 for 44(.159) and 0 for their last 11 with runners in scoring position.   They are finding a new way to lose every game. The Red Sox are off to their worst start since 1945. They started that season 0-8. Can it get it any worse for this team this season?

When Boston got crushed in Texas, I felt the Red Sox will not be the only team to get grilled down there. The Rangers can flat out hit and they will pummel a lot of teams this year when they are playing at home.   Getting swept against the Tribe, I never saw that coming. The Indians are one of the worst teams in baseball. Chances are they’ll lose more than 90 games in 2011.  Cleveland swept Boston for the first time since the summer of 2001. Last night, Asdrubal Cabrera was in the middle of it. His three run HR off of Boston reliever Dan Wheeler was the biggest blow in the game. Today, Cabrera laid down a perfectly placed suicide squeeze that won it for the Indians and sent the Red Sox packing.  Cabrera’s suicide squeeze caught everyone off guard, including  losing pitcher Daniel Bard (0-2 16.87 ERA in three appearances)  who never saw it coming. Much to my surprise, Bard has been awful in two of his three appearances. A season ago, Bard in his first full season in the big leagues was the only reliable and consistent reliever the Red Sox had.  To start the eighth today,  Bard walked light hitting Adam Everett. Going into this season, Everett was a lifetime .243 hitter. He’s in the big leagues because of his glove. The scouting report on Everett, throw strikes. He’ll get himself out.  I doubt Everett could hit over .300 in AAA. When you’re losing, you’ll find ways to lose and that is exactly what happened today along the shores of Lake Erie with the Red Sox.  Kevin Youkilis might have said it best after today’s game ” It can’t get worse than this and there’s only one  way to go and that’s up”.

Next up: The Red Sox open a 10 game homestand, starting with the home opener against the Yankees tomorrow afternoon. With 156 games left and Boston being one of two winless teams remaining in baseball ( Tampa Bay is the other) I don’t want to say “must wins” for the Red Sox coming up, but it is very important for this team to win six of these next 10 games at Fenway. After this 10 game homestand, they hit the road for nine game, six of them on the left coast. Since 1900, only two teams– 1974 Pirates and the 1995 Reds have made the playoffs when starting the year at 0-6.  No AL team that started 0-6 have made the playoffs. Will this Red Sox team make history in 2011 and play October baseball? I guess that’s the $161 million dollar question. UGLY is a word to describe this team so far!

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