The Red Sox this year remind me of the Yanks from 2005-2008, where they would start insanely slow. The difference is, the Yanks put together 90 win seasons with guys like Kevin Brown, Jared Wright, Kei Igawa, Carl Pavano, and a ton of call up starters…The Red Sox have much more depth at pitcher, and they just aren’t pitching well at all. Once the pitching staff begins to right itself, it will be a huge help. They have much less room for error now though, with David Ortiz not producing, they need to get him out of the line-up asap. When he was in the 5 whole, he was up with 2 on and 2 out almost every at bat, he was a giant gap. With that said, JD Drew won’t be this bad all year, and all the errors they are committing are completely unlike the players, I feel like the team is pressing or something, the 2 walkoffs against Texas are going to help spark the team, and with series against Balt/Tor/Balt, they should get back over .500 this week. It isn’t time to panic yet, they just need to make some adjustments, like get Ortiz out of the line up. I still think the Red Sox will be a 90+ win team, they just need to get out of the team wide slump they are in.
Is Michael Bourn ” a bat”… good player, but you’d consider him an offensive solution? And one that would justify DH’ing him or moving Cameron to DH? And Dunn? Do you need a 3rd DH on a 25man roster?
Bourn is the guy with a career .330 OBP and .681 OPS, right? Sure he’ll steal some bases but do the RedSox need another Ellsbery (fast guy, poor OBP, minimal power)… heck he has a lower slugging % than Ellsbery.
The problem is the positions where you can find bats (corner infield, DH) is currently clogged by players. They have 2 DH’s (Ortix/Lowell), a 3B guy they have committed a lot of money to (Beltre) and fits the “defensive” philosophy, a good hitting/fielding 1B who could swing to 3B if it weren’t clogged, and another 1B masquerading as a catcher (Martinez). AGon would be a good fit next year when both Lowell and Ortiz are gone – but they’d realistically need to cut Lowell or Ortiz. Or possibly both as the remainder would become a bench player as a backup DH/PH with really no position you’d want to play him.
The Red Sox need a power bat in the outfield with a swing tailored for Fenway (someone like a Bay? …oops)
They may not measure up to Jacoby and Cameron over the course of the season, but offensively they (McDonald and Hermida) have contributed to more wins than either Jacoby or Cameron. Only Pedroia has done more on offense for this team.
Also, making Josh Beckett their DH could improve the DH spot. Joking of course, but lets see how the offense improves with gams against the Orioles coming up before making any moves. Red Sox eat up eat birds pitching.
This has to be the most retarded FG article yet (and, yeah, I’m including all of Cameron’s homer fluff about his Yankees). It’s 3 weeks into the season, Jeff, get a friggin grip already. Do you actually believe their pitching, offense and defense will continue to be this bad?
Michael Bourne. LMAO; how about Mark Kotsay instead?