Great Tavarez Start Ruined By The Lack Of Lumber
Julian Tavarez tamed the mighty LA Angels for seven sparkling innings, and the bullpen finished the job. Unfortunately, the Angels' Joe Saunders was better, limiting the Red Sox to one run on six hits. The final score was 3-1 Angels, reducing the AL East lead over the NY Yankees to 4 small games. If they overtake the Sox and climb into first, it will be because of improved pitching and superlative hitting. The Sox have had great pitching all year, but their offensive output has not approached that of the pinstripers. They're not even in the same league, hitting wise.
A three city road trip looms on the near horizon, with three games, starting tonight in Tampa Bay. Then it's on to Chicago for four and New York for three. Every game is vital as we enter the six week stretch run to the post season. But to stay in first place, the hitting must improve. I've said it all year, but the Sox have been a .500 club for coming up on three months. And that's completely unacceptable.
Click on the title of this post for Dan Shaughnessy's take on the state of this club from Boston, this underacheiving (at least hittingwise) bunch of highly paid players who sometimes look like they couldn't hit their way out of a paper bag. The Sox sometimes seem as if they had all just surprisingly woken from a teamwide coma, years in length. Harsh words? THEY DESERVE IT!