On Sunday, the Boston Red Sox were no-hit going into the eighth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park, before Chris Young blasted a home run over the monster to ignite some life into a surprisingly struggling lineup. While the lineup is of some concern, there is no doubt in my mind that they will continue to hit throughout the season and keep this team in games.
However, the bigger concern, which should be addressed as soon as possible by President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski, is the pitching staff. Eduardo Rodriguez, who was deemed as the savior of the starting rotation upon his return two starts ago, has been mediocre, at best. The velocity and command of all his pitches are down and he is getting crushed on balls left up in the strike zone. In 5.2 innings on Sunday, E-Rod allowed only four hits, but they were all home runs. On the day, Rodriguez allowed five earned runs, walked three and struck out zero (!). Pretty bizarre numbers, to say the least.
Some of these struggles can be attributed to the strength of the Blue Jays lineup, but the Red Sox simply need better pitchers on their staff. Eduardo Rodriguez, Rick Porcello, and even Steven Wright to an extent are considered long-term question marks for this Red Sox team. If they want to win, then the Red Sox need better pitchers. Its really that simple.
Next up, the Red Sox head out to the Bay Area to take on the San Francisco Giants. Rick Porcello will get the ball tonight, looking to get out of the funk he has been in. Check back in for a full game preview.