Things have looked awfully bleak in Red Sox Nation for the better part of a week. I was going to run down the woes of the Sox pitching staff, but this morning’s Globe beat me to it. A quick sampling of the numbers they present:
Sox starters have … struggled, with a 3-7 record and 6.00 ERA over … 15 games. No starter other than Curt Schilling (twice) and Josh Beckett (once) has won in that time, and only once has a starter gone as many as seven innings (Schilling in last Friday’s 3-2 win over Tampa Bay). That has had a ripple effect on a pen that is showing the strain of a heavy workload.
Thankfully, there’s a cure: The Kansas City Royals, against whom Jon Lester and Josh Beckett each hurled gems, and whom the Sox managed to sweep out of Fenway despite scoring a miniscule number of runs. This time around, the bats are hot, Mike Lowell’s back in the lineup presumably with two healthy feet, and our 1-7 is one of the best in the game (Javy Lopez isn’t a bad option at No. 8 either, and Gonzo is a .275 hitter). Outslugging the opposition has worked in the past — maybe the Sox can get it to work for a couple weeks while the hurlers recover.
An off-day does wonders for the mood (maybe that’s just the KC talking), so let’s root root root for the road team and our (second-)favorite rookie to get this club back on its feet and back in first.