Embarrassment. Utterly awful baseball by the Red Sox, for three days running. Just watch ESPN and you will all know to what I refer. Good thing they have a 6 game league in the wild card, so at least they have two weeks to get back in shape. Regardless, they are playing pathetic baseball, and deserve what they get. If that’s a slide that puts the Angels back in contention, so be it. If it’s a slide that rights itself in time to secure a playoff spot, it wouldn’t be surprising. One thing is true: if they play like this, they will win absolutely nothing.
Several things contribute:
1. Francona asleep at the wheel. Somnambulent managing, not having a pitcher ready to start the 5th inning in place of Wakefield. Is there a person alive watching the game who didn’t think Wakefield should have been on a short leash in the 5th? Apparently Francona – he lets Wakefield go 7 batters deep this inning, and yanks him down 8-2, way late.
2. Poor defense: “the rundown” (watch ESPN, it’ll be shown, trust me), just shameful. The Sox can’t execute a little league play on a gift mental error by Melvin Mora, walking towards the plate after a walk with men on 2nd and 3rd, thinking he’d been forced home. Inexcusable.
3. No hitting against an untested rookie: Matt Riley is the third rookie in as many weeks to baffle the Sox, who ought to be better against untested players.
Is this just the hotstreak backlash? Is this the norm, the pattern of the first 100 games? We’ll know soon enough, I guess, and if this keeps up there won’t be any games left to play. The truth will out.