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HBT Daily: What’s wrong with the Boston Red Sox?

May 27, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

  1. mc1439 - May 27, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Obligatory “beer and fried chicken found it’s way back into the clubhouse” joke.
    Not implying it’s not true however. Heh

  2. imnotyourbuddyguy - May 27, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    How much time do ya have?

  3. jcmeyer10 - May 27, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    They counted on outlier years from vets to carry over and for the youngsters to be better than they were. Hard to plan for the pitching but it’s not like guys like Bucholz or Dubrount were risk free. Peavy is who he is.

    I had no illusions of repeating this year. I came into it hoping for a wild card spot.

  4. psousa1 - May 27, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Where do you start? For the most part Lester and Lackey have been pretty good. Peavy has been okay. Doubront and Bucholz? They are disappointing. Bucholz went from being the best (ERA) last year to being the worst. Dubront cannot make that leap.

    Ortiz has been solid and that has been it. Last year this team would get down by 4 runs and you just knew they could come back. The OBP’s on that team were ridiculous. They always had guys on base and timely hitting. They didn’t have gaudy stats but they scored runs. Now they don’t have gaudy stats and don’t score runs.

    Bucholz and Dubront are not even giving them MLB caliber starts. Dubront is DL’d and they better make up an injury for Bucholz and DL him too. They have 3 starters in AAA pitching well and they might give them more competitive starts than those two.

    The only thing they have going for them right now is time. Nobody looks like they are going to seriously run away with the AL East unless one of the AL East teams wins the Jeff Samardjia (whatever) lottery from the Cubs. But I could be wrong.

  5. uyf1950 - May 27, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    What’s wrong with the Boston Red Sox? The short answer, they sat on their thumbs this winter and believed that guys like Bradley, Sizemore, Pierzynski and Middlebrooks were the answer(s) to Ellsbury, Saltalamacchia and Drew leaving. Here’s the short part of the answer, “they weren’t.”

    • drewzducks - May 28, 2014 at 3:21 AM

      Sat on their thumbs? Do you think they should’ve been stupid enough to commit 7/$153M to an injury prone CF with a declining OPS and production? Most Boston fans, rightfully so, had no problem saying goodbye when it became obvious that the contract became foolish. I would have preferred a veteran on a short term deal, specifically Beltran, but not for 3 years and “shockingly” he’s already underperforming and hurt. Sizemore was supposed to be a fall back if Bradley struggled but obviously both have been dismal. No loss if they send Grady packing but Bradley’s lack of development could be a long term issue. AJ, though a dick, is only needed short term as they await Vazquez/Swihart, hence the 1 year deal and their unwillingness to offer Salty a 3rd year. He also was benched for the W.S. in favor of David Ross. His offense has been adequate, mirroring the other dick who signed for 5/$85M but for only 1/8.25M. Middlebrooks can’t stay healthy so it’s hard to say if he is junk or if he’ll ever be healthy enough to know if he can produce. Drew wasn’t an option cuz, after last years championship it was time to see if the young SS and 3B were ready. Why pay $14M for a guy you were hoping wouldn’t be able to get regular playing time.

      So a better answer is that last year, Bullfrog Buchholz was 7-0 with a 1.73 ERA at this time last year, and 9-1 in his first 10 starts. Currently, he’s 2-4 with a 7.02 ERA and they are 4-6 in his starts. That, and they clearly over performed last year, as others have suggested.

  6. lordd99 - May 27, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    They’re experiencing the flip side of 2013? After the great collapse of 2011 and the last-place finish in 2012, great things were not expected last year. They made some solid, stop-gap signings, but they were predicted to be round the middle of the pack. Everything basically went right last year, which is why I was surprised at the very bullish expectations for 2014. Regression should have been expected, and add in the loss of Ellsbury who was a good 5-6 win player.

    Now add in this year is the flip side where everything seems to be going wrong, or a lot.

    Working in the Red Sox favor is all the other teams in the division have their own issues. They can still get back in it. Yet if they don’t, have to wonder. Has any team gone from last place one year, to World Series winner the next year, back to last place the following year? A worst-to-first-to-worse scenario?

    Not sure even the Marlins have pulled that off!

  7. sportsfan18 - May 27, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Regression back to the mean…

  8. crackersnap - May 27, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    You mean, besides Boston, and besides the Red Sox??

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