Red Sox Struggling Out of the Gates

Posted: April 17, 2011 by Josh Tannenbaum in Uncategorized

The Boston Red Sox seemed to be the heavy favorite to win the World Series at the beginning of the MLB season. The tables have turned slightly though, after a 3-10 start. Through 13 games, the Sox have had an anemic offense and a destructive pitching staff that has allowed over 6 runs per game. Despite good pitching from veteran Josh Beckett, the other members of the rotation are not getting the job done. Clay Buchholz, who recently signed an extension with the club, has been lit up to the tune of a 6.60 ERA and an 0-2 record through 3 starts. The always inconsistent Daisuke Matsuzaka is also 0-2, with a 12.86 ERA, and John Lackey is 1-1 with a 15.58 ERA. The pitching is what everyone believed separated the Red Sox from the Yankees, but now with doubts surrounding the rotation, what was previously believed is now not so certain.

Another offseason move that made the Sox favorites was the acquisition of Carl Crawford, the all-star left fielder from the Tampa Bay Rays. But Crawford hasn’t hit in a Boston uniform yet. He is currently batting .137 with 3 runs scored, 1 RBI, and only 2 stolen bases. Crawford will, in all likelihood, bounce back, but the point is, in a division that is the most competitive in baseball, this slow start must be cut short as soon as possible for the Red Sox to compete with the Yankees, and 3 other talented teams that make up the AL East. It’s still early and not too much should be made of Crawford or Kevin Youkilis’ slow starts, but the pitching is a real concern and if it is not figured out soon, Boston could be looking at another disappointing season. Boston is a big baseball town with a lot of history and pride, so back-to-back seasons missing the playoffs with the talent they possess is simply unacceptable.

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