Let me get this off my chest, this was EASILY the worst showing by the Boston Red Sox in a long time. Easily the worst this season, worse than the 21-2 loss to the Angels in my opinion. At least in the Angels game, the Red Sox threw Clay Buchholz out there in a game that Sox Nation didn't expected to win.
Tonight couldn't have lined up more perfectly. After losing a tough Ballgame last night, the Sox sent out their 31 million dollar "ace" to try and get back on track against this AL-Worst Minnesota Twins. Weather conditions played a role in the first inning, where Price gave up a run, but the Sox got that back in the bottom half.
After the first, however, the wind wasn't much of a problem. The problem tonight was, our "ace" is NOWHERE near an ace. An ace is supposed to go out there and shut down a team as crappy as the Twins are. An ace, if he doesn't have his best stuff, can still put the team in great position to win. An ace doesn't give up the most hits in Major League Baseball among the likes of Mike Pelfrey (who?!). An ace can also make you feel comfortable when you put up EIGHT runs. Price, on the other hand, couldn't do that once again. Price couldn't pitch through the 6th inning, going 5.2 innings allowing 5 runs on double-digit hits again (11), and only striking out 4.
Now Price probably said something in his post-game presser along the lines of, "Y'know, I just gotta pitch better." Yeah, no kidding! I'm speaking for all of us in Red Sox Nation when I say I'm sick of him going out and telling us stuff that is obvious. I want results, not obvious statements. It's one thing to say you need to pitch better, and then it's another thing to do it. He's been saying these things ever since his start in Tampa before the break. Just perform, stop trying to sweet talk your way into getting respect from the fans.
As for the bullpen, another horrific performance. Clay Buchholz allowed 3 ER (all were unlucky) in 1 inning of work and was one of the more impressive pitchers tonight. Ross and Ziggy also did well late in the game. But Hembree was horrendous again, Layne (tonight'slosing pitcher) likewise. At least Hembree got optioned to Pawtucket afterwards, but Layne isn't going anywhere.
As for who replaces Hembree, it has to be Joe Kelly. Anyone but Noe in my opinion.
With all this talk about pitching, I forgot about the offense. Sure, they scored 8 runs; but the left the bases loaded on 3 different occasions. That cannot happen. Capitalizing on one of those opportunities could've made the difference.
The Sox played without Mookie tonight and still put up 8, and still couldn't win. There is a problem still in the pitching staff and that has to be addressed. Because not winning series against horrible teams could keep the Sox out of the playoffs, and obviously waste Papi's last season.