Putrid Pitching Dooms Boston Red Sox
When it rains it pours, some say, and for the Boston Red Sox, it's pouring losses. Yesterday was no exception. The NY Yankees defeated the home club by a score of 9-4. Clay Buchholz, like John Lackey one day before him, stunk up the place we call Fenway Park, going 3 2/3 innings and allowing eight hits (!!) and five runs, walking three and whiffing two. It was a forgettable performance in every way imaginable. In fact, I wish I COULD forget it! Doubront and Aceves combined for the next 3 1/3 innings and they weren't much better, allowing another five runs, four of 'em earned. By that time the game was over but it was nice to see Timmy Wakefield pitch the last two innings without giving up anything. What's wrong with this club picked as a favorite before the 2011 season started? STARTING AND RELIEF PITCHING. Here's Pedey Pedroia on that somewhat sore subject...
“We’ve got to pitch better, man. The Yankees have a great offense but we gave up a lot of runs. It’s tough to score 10, you know what I mean? We’ll figure it out. We’ll come out tonight and keep playing. That’s what we’ve got to do. There’s really nothing you can say. We’ve just to play better. That’s it.’’
That's it. It's as simple as that. Eventually, the hitters will hit and the defense will catch. Maybe the pitchers will try pitching for a change. Nothing's working yet but it will. I'll wait until ALL the starters have had their first two or three turns in the rotation and then if more comments are needed, I'll be here to voice (type) them. That's a promise. Boston falls to 1-7 and plays the Yanks on the ESPN night game tonight. In a tough match up, CC Sabathia will try and gun down the struggling Josh Beckett. What a night to put together a great start, Josh. Make it happen. Please.
That's it for this still dark Sunday morning. It will be a day that promises to be 60 degrees F plus. Tomorrow, the temperature is supposed to make it to the low 80s. MMMM, sounds great after the winter many of us just went through while cold, shivering and covered with the white stuff. Click on this post's title for more Red Sox coverage, my Constant Readers, and as always, BE WELL. GO SOX. Let's take two of three. We need to make taking two games out of three a steady habit. I know, I know...easier said than dome. We have to have faith. It's tough sometimes but I'm a determined guy. Up to a point. We're almost at that point.