That was absoultely not what anyone was looking for tonight, starting an already disappointing road trip by suffering a late-inning loss to the worst team in baseball.
As much as the young kids carried the Red Sox earlier in the year, we are finding out right now what a double-edged sword it is to count on youth this time of year. Youth is unpredictable and unreliable unless, I suppose, your name is Jonathan Papelbon.
Jon Lester, ever since he got promoted, has proven to be a guy who can keep the Red Sox in games for five or six innings. However ,he has not been able to command his pitches to the point where he’s economical with how many pitches he is throwing. This team DESPERATELY needs Tim Wakefield back.
I think it’s become readily apparent that Hansen needs to take a break from pitching in crucial situations. He’s been scored on in four of his last five outings. You don’t want his confidence to get destroyed. I think it’s unfair to criticize this guy because he is 14 months out of college. It’s not his fault that the bullpen is thin enough that he’s been asked to do so much so soon.
Beckett and Schilling the next 2 nights. the Red Sox desperately need to finish with two wins and at least get home with a .500 record on a trip that has been played exclusively against cellar dwellers.
Talk to you tomorrow,