With this recent skid the Red Sox are in, it's really going to be hard to believe that this team, as is, can compete on a regular basis. If it isn't the offense, it's the pitching. If it isn't the pitching, it's the offense. The Boston Red Sox, who came into June with an AL East-best 32-20 record, have had a September 2011-escque June; so far posting a record of 10-16 and have since slipped into a second place tie with Toronto, 5.5 GB of the division-leading Orioles.
This debacle's recent episode came at the hands of the last place Tampa Bay Rays, who came into the series 13 games below .500 and heading in the wrong direction. Capping off this nightmare was another feeble effort by "ace," David Price. Price went 6.1 innings, allowing 4 runs on 9 hits, while striking out 10. A game that saw his ERA jump back up to 4.74; totally worth the $31 million he's making this season (total sarcasm). Price, thankfully, was disappointed with his efforts and said that his secondary pitches were the worst they have been in a while.
On the other side of the spectrum, John Farrell came out and said Price had his best stuff all season.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME, FARRELL??!! That is the best stuff you've seen out of David Price since he came here? When you give up 4 runs to Tampa, that's the equivalent of giving up 6 or 7 to a good team. Price was awful and he needs to pitch better. And as a manager, it is your job to hold your players accountable.
That's the problem with Farrell, he's soft. Something I noticed early in last season's campaign when he got into a little argument with Wade Miley and then commended his competitive edge in an interview. He's afraid his players will get pissed off, so he always kisses their butts when he talks to the media. This team is going to continue to struggle if Farrell cannot hold his players, especially his $31 million dollar lefty, accountable for underperforming.
This team has also totally given up on Farrell; just like the Blue Jays did back when he was at the helm of their franchise. That's why it only cost the Sox Mike Aviles to bring him in. A player that never played a game in Toronto. That's what the Jays thought of the Sox manager. And it's a shame we are finding this all out now.
Looking back on the 2013 World Series team, you can tell that this team was never Farrell's. There is no doubt in my mind that the 2013 Red Sox could've won the World Series with me as their manager. They really weren't led by Farrell, they were led by the strength of the city of Boston following the marathon bombing on April 15. It sounds really bad, but the Sox felt like they could help repair the city if they could win a championship, not that it became a guarantee, but they became more motivated to play hard and grind out games. Now, they're just stuck with the worst in-game manager in baseball.
Farrell misuses the bench, the bullpen, and he has no idea how to play matchups. He's lost total control of his team, exhibit A being Pedroia's meltdown on E-Rod the other night; a move we haven't seen since he got into it with Alfredo Aceves back in Bobby V's era in 2012.
Last August through the finish, the Red Sox played great baseball under acting manager, Torey Lovullo. Going 28-21 and even making a late playoff push, it seemed that Farrell's managerial career was dwindling. Then the whole Jessica Moran incident only made it more likely, now that he's lost control, it's only a matter of time before he's gone.
The Sox need to act now while there is still a chance to turn this around. They cannot waste Papi's last season because this guy can't control his ball club. It should've happened 2 years ago, but the Red Sox need to do this even more now. It's time to cut ties with John Farrell.