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Have Red Sox reached rock bottom?

Posted by Bill Koch on May 2, 2010

Kevin Youkilis

Is it time to worry yet? Is it still too early? Is a three-game sweep at the hands of the dreadful Baltimore Orioles enough to snap Pink Hat Nation out of its happy place?

It should be.

What happened this weekend at Camden Yards is a disgrace. Baltimore is now 4-2 against the Boston Red Sox and 3-16 against every other team in the Major Leagues after the Orioles wrapped up a 3-2 stunner in 10 innings.
Jonathan Papelbon was the loser this time in his second inning of work, allowing a leadoff walk to Nick Markakis and setting up Ty Wigginton’s walkoff single to give the Orioles the victory. Papelbon and fellow bullpen butcher Manny Delcarmen each gave up game-winning hits in the series to go along with Daisuke Matsuzaka’s disastrous 2010 debut and Tim Wakefield’s wretched bullpen stint as a long reliever in a 12-9 slugfest on Saturday night.

A pair of solo homers by Jason Varitek and J.D. Drew were all that the pathetic Boston offense could muster against Kevin Millwood. The Red Sox failed to score in the top of the first after their first two batters of the game reached base and missed out on another golden opportunity in the eighth when Tim Bogar channeled his inner Wendell Kim for the second time this season and Varitek was gunned down at the plate by about 20 feet for the inning’s final out. Boston never threatened against Baltimore’s pathetic bullpen.

Lost in the shuffle in this series were decent performances by John Lackey and Josh Beckett, as both right-handers battled through seven solid innings and received no decisions. The Red Sox can’t put anything together right now – they don’t pitch well when they hit well, they don’t hit well when they pitch well and their allegedly improved defense is in the bottom third of the American League in fielding percentage.

Boston fully deserves its 11-14 record through the first 25 games, and the schedule is about to get tougher again with Anaheim and the Yankees coming to Fenway Park for seven of the 10 games during the upcoming home stand. Needless to say, both of those teams will be trying to bury the Red Sox right now and neither will be scared of Boston’s toothless 5-8 start at home. The stakes are starting to get a little higher – in order to reach that magic 95-win plateau that has assured postseason baseball in the American League in all but three years since 1994, the Red Sox will need to go 84-54 over their last 138 games. It’s getting late around here in a hurry.

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One Response to “Have Red Sox reached rock bottom?”

  1. […] to put Carmona on the ropes in the eighth, doing the same thing that he did in earlier defeats against the Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays. Those losses have added up to put the Red Sox even further behind the Rays and […]

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