After starting 32-20, the Red Sox have spiraled out of control in June. The Red Sox are having a terrible month, finishing 10-16, and this season is soon getting away from the men that run things over at 4 Yawkey Way. Everyone short of Xander Bogaerts and Steven Wright have had disappointing stretches at some point this season, and Red Sox fans are looking at who they should direct their anger towards.
Almost instantly, people want John Farrell fired, and rightfully so. When the Red Sox won the World Series in 2013, it may have been the worst thing to happen to the organization in recent memory. It gave John Henry and the ownership group the false hope that if you put a bunch of guys that work hard together, it will outweigh talent. It also persuaded everyone that John Farrell was the next Terry Francona. Unfortunately, John Farrell is a terrible in-game manager and has cost this team multiple wins this season. Also, there is this....
Next up is the pitching staff. There is no way around it, this collective group of pitchers have severely underperformed up until this point in the season. David Price has been a shell of his former self, Clay Buchholz can't even consistently stay in the starting rotation, and Eduardo Rodriguez is now pitching in Pawtucket. There is some level of disconnect between this pitching staff and John Farrell. I do not know why, but they are not gelling well together and that needs to change ASAP.
So who else can Red Sox fans blame? Can they blame new President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski?
In short, hell no. Dave Dombrowski assumed his role late last season, surveying the players on the current roster and getting to know the farm system. In the offseason, Dombrowski traded a bunch of mediocre-to-good prospects for the best closer in baseball, Craig Kimbrel. In 33 games, Kimbrel has a 2.53 ERA with 17 saves, which, by all accounts is a good season thus far. However, Kimbrel has been misused by Farrell and cracked in high pressure situations. Is that on Dave Dombrowski?
After Kimbrel, Dombrowski went out and got the best available pitcher on the market in David Price. We all know of Price's struggles this season, none of which are on Dave Dombrowski. Did Dombrowski overpay for David Price? Probably, but the Red Sox were in desperate need of an "ace" and no one was upset when David Price initially signed in Boston. Dave Dombrowski had no choice but to get the best available pitcher in the offseason. Is that on Dave Dombrowski?
The next couple of weeks will tell us all we need to know about Dave Dombrowski's new role with the Boston Red Sox. If Dombrowski makes a blockbuster move to bring pitching to Boston, which I wholeheartedly believe he will, then he has the same freedom and leverage that he had with the Detroit Tigers. However, if Dombrowski does not make a move and this team ultimately ends up missing the playoffs, then Dave Dombrowski will start to feel the lash of fans and media members, even if it is not entirely his fault.