Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Don't Look Now, But the Red Sox Are in Trouble

Forget the starting pitching, which has indeed looked awful, and without the supporting bullpen that so over-achieved all last year.

Jackie Bradley, Jr. is hitting .134, with no homers, 2 doubles, and 2 ribbies.  He's slugging .164.  That's Jackie Rogers, Jr. territory, and following full seasons at .234 and .245.  Not so reet petite.

Meanwhile, Babe Benitendi looks banged up, Pedroia's comeback has stalled, Nunez is back on the DL, Devers is showing nothing, and even our nemesis, 36-year-old Steve Pearce, is batting .125.

Of course Mookie Betts is not going to hit .239 forever, and Martinez looks just as good as he did last year.  But this team is also carrying a lot of filler, at catcher and first base, and on the bench.

It's strength, then as last year, is starting pitching.  It looks like Price is rounding into shape (the video games must suck this spring), and Sale could well join him, and who knows what will happen if they snatch up Kuchel and Gio.

But even here, Porcello looks awful and Eovaldi is out for six weeks with surgery (Good Lord, could it be that Coops is right AGAIN?).  And they never did fix that pen.

Are the Sox dead?  I would never be so stupid as to say that, 24 games in.  Unlike our sweethearts, this team is run by smart and resourceful people.

BUT, they also have a recent history of letting the club tank when the stars don't align:  see 2012, 2014, 2015.  This could—could—be another such year.


Anonymous said...

The most telling sign is not there W/L record. They have the second worst negative run differential in the league. When they lose, they lose big. When they rarely win, they win small.

Big trouble in little Beantown

TheWinWarblist said...

May they all suffocate under a massive pile of cloned Ted Williams head. As the head thaw. And become runny.


TheWinWarblist said...

Sad news about Young Nathan. Not as sad a Severino, but sad.

{Insert profanity here}

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