As I peer over my laptop, I witness what may be the worst loss the Red Sox have had thus far in the 2016 season. The struggling Tampa Bay Rays, losers of their last 11, torched Eduardo Rodriguez to the tune of 9 earned runs in 2.2 innings of work. To make matters worse, the Red Sox have fallen 4.5 games back of the Baltimore Orioles for first place in the American League East.
The month of June has not been kind to the Bo-Sox; who have posted an abysmal 9-14 record. From watching these games, I have found many concerns. One, the hitting has started to decline. Obviously, we all knew that the Red Sox couldn’t consistently put up 10 runs a game and that the hitting would ultimately slow down. Because their pitching is terrible, the only way the Red Sox are going to be able to stay in games is with their bats. The offense will need to pick up the pace again, if the Sox want to stay in contention. Two, like I just stated, the Red Sox pitching staff continues to look like a bunch of clowns. In their last 7 games, the Red Sox have given up 54 runs, which averages to be around 7.7 runs per game. Yeah, good luck trying to win when that’s the case. Three, and maybe most worrisome, the coaching staff has been putrid. John Farrell you are being called to the carpet.
Red Sox head coach, John Farrell has been an extreme disappointment ever since the 2013 World Series championship. Farrell has a mediocre 190-209 record from 2014 on and has only reached the playoffs once in his 6 years as a manager. It’s beginning to look like that 2013 season was just lighting in a bottle.
What has really ticked me off recently is Farrell’s ineptitude to understand basic baseball concepts. On Thursday of last week, the Sox faced off against the White Sox in a game that the Red Sox needed to win. The Red Sox had runners on first and second with no outs in the bottom of the 9th with the score knotted up 7-7. Jackie Bradley came to the plate in what seemed to be a clear opportunity to lay down a sacrifice bunt. Instead of trying to advance both runners to second and third, Farrell decided to let Bradley hit away, who eventually struck out. The next batter, Hanley Ramirez hit a high fly ball which most likely would have scored the runner on third if Bradley was able to move the runners over on a bunt. Hindsight is 20/20, but let’s be serious, I should not have more baseball common sense than John Farrell.
To be honest, I am sick of watching Farrell try and coach to the law of averages. Everything seems to be a math equation to him. After games he explains his decisions as being based on what the averages tell him. What ever happened to going with your gut and noticing who has been struggling and who has been producing? If the Red Sox continue to lose games, you can certainly bet that Farrell’s job will be in jeopardy. If Farrell is given a pink slip by the end of the year, it will undoubtedly ruffle some feathers. We have to get past the 2013 World Series Championship and realize that maybe Farrell isn’t the coach we all thought he was.