This has to be some kind of sick joke, right? The Red Sox have the best offense in all of baseball. Mookie Betts, Dustin Pedroia, Xander Bogaerts, and David Ortiz all have a legitimate shot at making the all star team, with Hanley Ramirez and Travis Shaw not far behind, albeit reeling at the moment. THAT IS ESSENTIALLY HALF OF YOUR LINEUP, AND YOU STILL FIND A WAY TO LOSE BALLGAMES? The Red Sox were flat out embarrassed last night, inching and crawling their way back into this ballgame via their offense, but every time they got within striking distance, the trusty pitching staff blew it.
Rick Porcello is becoming the Rick Porcello of 2015, as he has had consecutive starts where he looked like he was ready to cry/give up the lead every half inning. Once in the low 2.00s, Rick Porcello's ERA has jumped up to 4.00, and the Red Sox have to be worried about that. Last night, Porcello could not keep the ball, specifically his change up, down in the zone, which resulted in seven (!) home runs by the Orioles. Porcello dropped to his knee(s) a multitude of times when he left the ball up in the strike zone, which has me fearing he does not know where the ball is going to go when he throws it. Porcello finished the day throwing six innings, allowing six hits and five runs on three home runs.
Furthermore, the Red Sox bullpen, which has been a bright spot on an otherwise terrible pitching staff, is getting worked into the ground, which has made John Farrell rely on the likes of Tommy Layne, Matt Barnes, and Noe Ramirez. I am more than willing to blame Farrell for things, but last night was not his fault. The bullpen surrendered seven runs on four home runs in two innings, which was what ultimately cost the Red Sox this game. Not great.
I know the Red Sox split this series against an extremely tough opponent, but does anyone else feel like they just got punched in the gut? The Red Sox offense is fantastic, but at the end of the day pitching wins championships.
Next up, David Price and R.A. Dickey square off for the second time in a week, as the Red Sox host the Toronto Blue Jays this weekend at Fenway Park. Check back in for a full game preview.