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Boston’s vaunted starting pitching staff has an ERA of 4.96. The bullpen has been worse. The Sox have the third-highest ERA in the American League.
Meanwhile, Victor Martinez, J.D. Drew, and David Ortiz have not hit. Drew is batting .214. Martinez and Ortiz have 13 RBIs between them.
Drew and Martinez are probably going to hit, but Ortiz looks like a candidate to be released. After a great career with the Sox, Big Papi is a burden in the lineup. He’s hitting .159 with three homers, all solo. It’s been clear for two years now that he is done and the Sox made a mistake bringing him back as fulltime DH.
Some of us hold that the Red Sox are getting exactly what they deserve. Owner John Henry backed out on signing Mark Teixeira two winters ago, then let Jason Bay take his 36 homers and 119 RBIs out of town.
Saying goodbye to power, Boston’s new philosophy was supposed to be “run prevention.”
It’s a myth. The Sox have the second-most errors of any American League team. Third baseman Adrian Beltre, one of the key imports expected to make their defense airtight, has been a butcher.
Shortstop Marco Scutaro has been no upgrade defensively. Cameron, 37, has been on the shelf. And the catching has been simply awful. The Sox don’t throw out enemy basestealers. Martinez has been sub-par calling games.