The good news for the Boston Red Sox today is…they will not be the lead story on ESPN or the MLB Channel….thankfully that spot is reserved for the Chicago White Sox and Phil Umber. Thats pretty much where the good news ends for the boys from Beantown…as they they drop a game that may haunt them as much as any last September. I can still hear Bobby Valentine’s comments from his press conference on how grateful and humbled he was for the opportunity to manage the Red Sox….I wonder if he would pass a lie detector saying those words now.
It all seemed to be going the Sox way today…they “seemed” to finally be clicking on offense…defense and of course the all important pitching aspect of the game. They had nine runs on the board and a quality start in the books by Felix Doubront today…whose overpowering performance will be lost in this shuffle to be sure. One would think that an eight run lead with 9 outs to get would be safe….but with this bullpen…it appears no lead is safe…and truer words have not been written.
It is always shocking to watch multiple pitchers fail this badly in the same game. For starters I’m not sure why Matt Albers is still on the roster…plain and simple…the bloom is off the onion for Albers to be sure. In the end though…the Sox still had a lead when they handed the ball to thier closer with no outs in the 8th. When Aceves left the game…not only did he blow the save…but he had put the game totally out of reach for the Red Sox. The bottom line here is…the Sox have played 14 games and Aceves has blown 3 saves…he is not a closer plain and simple….more truth…the Sox have no one in thier ENTIRE system that can close games. So this closing games thing is not gonna go away, because to go along with not being to close…the Sox also lack a set up man as well for the 7th and 8th innings….all compelling problems for a team that went uber cheap in the offseason.
The bullpen numbers this week have been BEYOND astronomical, and the solution it appears will be as hard to solve as our National Debt. I will say one thing…I’m not quite sure the fans are booing Bobby V every time he changes a pitcher, for starters Bobby is not doing the pitching. The fans need to turn thier ire to the ownership and hurt them where it counts…at the gates.
Where the Sox go from here is anyone’s guess. I know there will be quotes that they will fine..and tomorrow is another game…but this type of loss is the type that sticks with a team longer than one day. There are demons that are going to haunt this team for a long time. it is clear they are leaderless…and that they still have not shaken off last September. The bottom line though is pretty simple…when you suffer the worst meltdown ever with a team leading by nine games….and your ownership does NOTHING to fix the problems at hand…I’m not sure why anyone would think or assume the outcome would be different.
posted by Jonathan Dunlow
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