After a promising three game series against the Twins, where the Sox scored runs in bunches and the pitching (even in the lone loss) did its part in keeping the Red Sox in the game, they have lost all momentum during the two series that have followed.
The Milwaukee Brewers, who are currently overachieving but still are nothing special, took two out of three from the Sox. In that series, the pitching staff gave up 18 runs in their first two games, both losses. Those losses were salvaged by a gritty team win led by Eduardo Rodriguez, Mookie Betts and Craig Kimbrel.
Aside from the weekly holiday that Sox fans call “Chris Sale Day”, nothing went right in the Tampa Bay series. Opening day starter Rick Porcello gave up 5 runs in a loss, and in the finale, Drew Pomeranz got hurt and the bullpen gave up seven ninth inning runs to make what was a close game, a laugher. No Sox fans at Fenway got their money’s worth today, with lousy conditions and a ninth inning so rough, they should have charged the Red Sox front office in exchange for watching it.
Today’s Sox loss highlighted most of the teams weaknesses. The bullpen just isn’t where it needs to be. Matt Barnes and Heath Hembree aren’t going to hold down the fort much longer, and who knows how long it will be before supposed seventh and eighth inning men, Tyler Thornburg and Carson Smith are back to pitching. The Sox are also missing a feared hitter in the lineup. David Ortiz has left a huge hole in the lineup that even an overachieving Mitch Moreland can’t fill. Although Hanley Ramirez is an intimidating threat, he alone isn’t enough. Third base would be an obvious position to upgrade and if there happens to be a solid option out there, and the Sox are still contenders, it’s a no brainer that they need to upgrade there.
The Sox are in a though place here in mid May. They have glaring holes that teams like the Yankees and Orioles do not have at the moment. Injuries have hurt but lack of consistency has hurt worse, and until the Sox can figure that out, today’s game may be foreshadowing something much worse than just a simple loss.