First signs of trouble
It took the first week in June for you to be able to say it: The Boston Red Sox are in a slump. It’s rather impressive it took this long. As any astute baseball observer knows, baseball is full of highs and lows and it’s the team that can minimize the latter that plays baseball in October.
I’m not in Oakland, as you can probably tell by reading the site, but just watching from afar, it looks like an entire offensive slump. The pitching is fine, which is the way you want it to be. Hitting slumps happen. This team has too many bats for it to keep going like this.
One quick fix for the offesne would be for the leadoff man to start hitting. Julio Lugo’s latest 0-fer leaves him at .221. With Drew sitting for the second day in a row, Youkilis was again out of the 2-hole. So, in other words, the other key is to get Drew going. Then they can keep Youk at 2 where he’s most effective.
The two big offensive signings haven’t gotten it done, and for the first time all year, the struggles of those two players are starting to hurt the team.
But I’ll say it again. As long as the Red Sox keep pitching like they are, they are going places. Schilling in a matinee on Thursday. One thing I like about Schilling is that he badly wants to be the guy to take the ball and end this four-game losing streak. I’m sure he’ll be revved up. And fortunately for Boston’s slumbering bats, the ball always carries better during the day-time in Oakland.
I’ll be back on the beat Friday night in Phoenix. I’ll be busy with draft coverage on Thursday.
Talk to you soon,