Following a disappointing and utterly pathetic performance last night against the still unbeaten Baltimore Orioles, our beloved Red Sox are sitting at an early 3-4 record through the first seven games of the 2016 season. After starting the season 3-1 thanks to a high octane of offense that really bailed out some of the poor pitching performances, the bats have cooled off a touch and the pitching is still poor, leading to this brief 3-game losing streak.
Many can blame pitching coach, Carl Willis, for the early struggles of Clay Buchholz and Joe Kelly, but we have to stop pointing fingers at the staff and start focusing on the man who makes all the calls from the first base dugout: John Farrell.
Farrell, in my opinion and probably many other's, is the worst manager in the major leagues. He cannot manage a good game for his life. He leaves his starters in too long, and doesn't have a reliever warming at the start of what looks like the starter's last inning just in case he gets into trouble.
Last night in particular, Farrell made some pretty questionable decisions that ultimately led to the embarrassing loss, despite the final being 9-5. For instance, leaving Clay Buchholz in after giving up the game-tying homer to Mark Trumbo, newfound Red Sox killer. Buchholz was nearing 100 pitches and had yet to record an out at that point, but Farrell stuck with his guy, who proceeded to give up a walk and a double before getting the hook.
Later on, Farrell had Robbie Ross Jr. and Junichi Tazawa warming up in the pen at the same time. Ross looked like he was coming in to face Crush Davis and then Taz would take care of the righties. Well, Ross got Davis, but then came back out for the seventh with Boston down 5-4 and then gave up a homer to JJ Hardy, who hit 2 ding dongs on the night.
Now shifting gears, Farrell pinch hit Chris Young for Travis Shaw in the eighth with the Sox rallying. Shaw hit over .300 last season against lefties last season (90 points higher than Young's career average vs. lefties) and Young was 1-6 against TJ McFarland. Young flew out, and the Sox feeble comeback effort was lost.
Firing Farrell is ideal right now because, 1, he sucks at his job, and 2, it's still early enough that this little stretch can be overcome. Farrell's philosophy of getting everyone playing time might work in little league, but it isn't going to in the competitive AL East where every team has the talent to win the Division.
Dave, you need to act fast, Boston does not want Farrell in the dugout anymore. Solve the problem and appoint Lovullo at the helm. The Red Sox played phenomenal under him and we've apparently given up on Farrell.