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So what's wrong with the Red Sox?

Apr 19, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

As I type this the Red Sox are down 8-2 to the Rays, and are about to lose their fifth straight game and their sixth out of seven. In ATH this morning I wrote that we’d see a bunch of “what’s wrong with the Red Sox” articles today, but I didn’t see any. With this fresh debacle to the Rays, however, I’m sure we’ll see them tomorrow.

Ah, screw it. Let’s write one of our own!  So what is wrong with the Red Sox?

  • Cold bats: As I type this the Rays game is still happening so it may get worse or may get better, but currently they’re 1 for 30-something with runners in scoring position (that one came courtesy of a Bill Hall single a few minutes ago). They’ve scored nine runs in the past five games.  Dustin Pedroia is hitting so far this season. Youkilis is doing OK too. Everyone else is snoozing. At least one of the snoozers — David Ortiz — may never wake up.
  • Health: Two-thirds of the outfield is out, Cameron with kidney stones and Ellsbury with his bruised ribs. This has contributed to the cold bats, of course, as well as some recently shaky defense. When those other “what’s wrong” articles come tomorrow morning you just watch: they’re going to say that the whole run prevention/defense approach is a failure. They won’t acknowledge that it’s hard to play good defense when two of your best defensive players are on the shelf.
  • The Competition: Like I said this morning, part of the reason the Red Sox have looked so bad over the last week is because their competition has been so good. The Rays don’t look like world beaters simply because they’ve been playing the Sox. They’re really, really good in their own right (I picked them second this year). Same goes for the Twins, who could run away with the AL Central if they keep doing what they’ve been doing. Getting beat by good teams doesn’t mean you’re fatally-flawed. It just means you’re not as good as the other guys.

But you know what? We can sit here and talk about what specifically ails the Sox all afternoon, but ultimately it may not matter. As soon as this game ends the Sox will be six games back of the Rays and 5.5 back of the Yankees. That’s an awful big hole for this early in the season in a division like the AL East.

So can what’s wrong with the Red Sox be fixed? I don’t know, but it may already be a pretty irrelevant question.

  1. RMW - Apr 19, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    The only great thing Manny (asswipe) Ramirez has done for the Red Sox was leave. He was a great player in his own mind. He was a perfect team mate WHEN? He was PROPERLY paid a hugh amount of money to perform…according to his manager who profitted immensely.
    Manny Ramirez was a bonifide slouch and thank God he left and went west. He was a child in a man’s body. If he didn’t like what he perceived as what he wanted, he acted like any other child, childish. He was a sub-performer barely acting out his time on the field.
    Manny Ramirez was an extreme financial drain on the club and he never earned his pay. He moped along on the base-line and he would never take the extra effort to get that fly ball. He would not swing his bat when he should and did swing when it didn’t matter.
    So to say that it was a mistake to let Manny Ramirez go is a statement that is surely uneducated. Uneducated as to what Manny Ramirez really is.
    Manny wanted to break his contract from the very first year. Being true, he never ever really gave a full team effort to the game. He let the team down on a daily basis. Manny only thought of Manny and never the team. I always prayed at the start of each new season that he wasn’t there. Manny (the loser) dragged the morale of the team to lower and lower each passing year.
    THANK GOD MANNY FINALLY DID SOMETHING RIGHT…HE LEFT!

  2. JudyJ - Apr 19, 2010 at 5:19 PM

    Moses – you are the man!

  3. Big Harold - Apr 19, 2010 at 5:19 PM

    George, Paul Johnand Ringo are free agents?
    Or, do you mean Theo Epstein?
    A good way to remember is; one was associated with the Beatles, the other with taking it on the lamb in a gprilla suit.

  4. RMW - Apr 19, 2010 at 5:20 PM

    What are you sniffin’?

  5. RMW - Apr 19, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    You spankee lovers are at the least…humorous!

  6. RMW - Apr 19, 2010 at 5:26 PM

    Why do you speculate so much? Thank god you don’t work at Wall Street.

  7. joethefirst - Apr 19, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    Hey Yank your Ying Yang fans:
    Heh, heh. How’s that work about the YanPees signing Mauer?
    Yeah, YanPee brain meeting goes as such:
    BC (Cashman): “Hey, JG (Giradi), do you think it would makes us a better team if we were to sign the best available FA pitchers in the in the last decade?
    JC: “Sounds good, BC. It should help. But can we get the best available FA hitter in the last decade to go with the pitchers?”
    BC: “Brilliant idea, JG; wish that I’d thought of that. I’ll ask Hank about it.”
    BC: “Hey, HS (Hank Steinbrenner), if we sign the top three FAs in the last decade, JG thinks that it’ll make us a better team. Can I have the money to do it?”
    HS: “Well, BC, did you first check to see if some poor a** team has an equal super star with a contract soon expiring? Then we could trade a sh*tload of our potential stars to get a real super star. Since we haven’t developed a player since Mantle, this would work well for us.”
    BC: “I’ll check, but if not, then are okay with signing the best FAs?”
    HS: “Sure, but we’ll need someone in marketing to sell it to our sucker fans that these FA gunslingers-for-hire are really coming to the Yanks, because the love the Yank tradition, the City, and the fans, as we’ll need to double ticket prices.”
    BC:: “Okay, HS, I’ll talk to marketing. The fans have been dumb enough to buy it for the last 30 years, so we should be able to keep reeling in these city bumpkins to pay for a product of overpriced, narcissistic superstars who want to get their money and get the hell out of Dodge at the season’s end.”

  8. RMW - Apr 19, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    What does ‘withdrawel’ mean?

  9. RMW - Apr 19, 2010 at 5:31 PM

    A lot of words just say nothing. Why bother?

  10. Big Harold - Apr 19, 2010 at 5:32 PM

    It’s far less about Manny leaving then the fact that Epstein has done NOTHING to replace his bat. No one player is indespensible but if you going to let Manny or Bay go fine but what do you do to replace his offensive production? The answer in this case, like when Damon left, is nothing.
    The Red Sox lineup is punchless with the exception of Youkillis.

  11. NYY Dude - Apr 19, 2010 at 5:37 PM

    Hey joethefirst,
    Careful, your insane jealousy is showing.

  12. Big Harold - Apr 19, 2010 at 5:38 PM

    You wound me with your rapier like wit.
    On the other hand, enjoy the Red Sox third place finish this year, And, that’s if Jays fade.

  13. WEEZ - Apr 19, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    you are clearly an idiot

  14. joethefirst - Apr 19, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    NYY Dude = sucker. Keep paying for those overpriced tix to see those players who love the YanPee fans.
    Listen, NYY Dudette, since you’re a YanPee fan, you must have deeds to lots of bridges. Hey, I’ve got some real good deals for you on bridges. I’ll send over a prospectus for your perusal.

  15. willmose - Apr 19, 2010 at 5:51 PM

    Since it is so clearly over of the Red Sox, they don’t they just mail their jocks around the league and let the other teams throw them on the field. Start planning for next year. Absolutely no point in the Red Sox even playing the last 149. Who do they think they are the Yankees?
    PLEASE

  16. SteveDG - Apr 19, 2010 at 5:55 PM

    Strange post by you…doens’t seem to mean much!
    Just have to comment on “haven’t developed a player sincer Mantle”-really? Funny, seems to me we have a bunch of potential Hall-Of-Famers on the team, all home grown- ever hear of Jeter, Rivera, Posada, Pettite?
    I could talk about some of the younger guys on the team, too, but don’t think you know enough to follow the conversation!

  17. RMW - Apr 19, 2010 at 5:57 PM

    A thought to all of you spankee lovers…America still loves you regardless of your frailties. We know how much of a heartbreak it is to know that mega millions are spent on acquiring different players over the years only to have that money spent on little or no return.
    America knows how you must feel when sweetheart darlings like AssROD play around on their wives and get got creating a hugh spectacle for the media to pick up on.
    America knows the hurt when spankee teams from years past have let you down when they don’t earn the pay they have beeen given.
    America feels that pain deep down inside. It is the very same pain we all feel when a Democrat thinks. The very same ache that acccompanies the result of eating bad pork at a chinese restuarant. We feel your pain New York! You don’t have to exist feeling that you are all alone in this big bad world we live in. We feel your pain just as that Great Adulterer that now lives in his new home state..Bill (befukkin) Clinton that self-proclaimed life-long New Yorker. Don’t you feel proud, spankee fan?
    New york, you must feel proud to have the name tag of ‘the Adulterous State as your state motto. Let’s see, Billy boy, AssRod…I guess there isn’t enough digital paper out there that can hold that much information. WE FEEL YOUR PAIN, YOUR SHAME, Your SORROW, Your DISGUST and whatever term you want to use. You Must be proud to call yourselvers New Yorkers and Spankee fans! WOW!! Feel that energy!!! Pride of the AssWipes. WOW!!!
    p.s. remember…we still love you!

  18. RMW - Apr 19, 2010 at 5:58 PM

    I agree!

  19. RMW - Apr 19, 2010 at 6:00 PM

    what does ‘rapier’ mean?

  20. RMW - Apr 19, 2010 at 6:04 PM

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  21. Mike - Apr 19, 2010 at 6:04 PM

    There’s a lot wrong with the Red Sux. I don’t know the main reason nor do I care. I’m just lovin it. They’re on the way to joining another has-been team – the Celtics

  22. Big Harold - Apr 19, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    Aside from doing your best to be an obnoxious jackass do you have anything to impart that even remotely addresses the subject at hand, .. baseball in general?? Anything that you can post that is merely not offensive, .. ANYTHING??
    If all you are capable of is your lame junior high scholl trash taking you can stop now. We get it, .. you’re a jackass and you know nothing about baseball. You couldn’t carry on a coherent debate if your life depended upon it.

  23. joethefirst - Apr 19, 2010 at 6:25 PM

    Jeter is overrated. Take any player with slightly-above-average hitting skills and place him in a lineup with superstar, future HOFs developed by other teams and any such player will put up the same numbers.
    Same goes for Posada.
    Pettitte gets lots of run support and needs it. What’s his lifetime ERA & WHIP?
    So, then, its Mantle and then Rivera.
    Hey, here’s the rest of the YanPee ‘brain’ trust meeting.
    HS to Marketing: “Let’s see if we can sell for $10.00 about 10 cents worth of coffee in a 5 cent plastic cup made in Cambodia by orphans.”
    Marketing to HS: “We believe that we can do it, because, collectively, the Yankee fans are the demographic with the most bridge owners in the world. We’ll call it a ‘souvenir’ cup and watch it sell.”
    Hey, Steve-O Doggie, getting to YanPee fans is always fun, whatever the topic or occasion; I mean, you did respond to the substance of my post, although my post has nothing to do with HT topic. So, what’s your strangeness?

  24. joethefirst - Apr 19, 2010 at 6:29 PM

    Heh, heh, heh. Got to you didn’t I? Well, YanPee fan, keep on venting, heh, heh, heh; I’m enjoying it.

  25. yankeefan - Apr 19, 2010 at 6:31 PM

    As much as I hate to agree with someone called yankeh8r, I must agree. It is a loooong season. Way too early to panic. Sox have resources to evaluate the problem; make changes before the trading deadline, and be right there at the end.

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