I really don't have many other things to say. The things I said after the Sox were 0-4 and 0-5 still count. This is a good ballclub; good ballclubs sometimes lose four, five and even six consecutive games in a season. The 2010 San Francisco Giants lost seven in a row. The 2008 Philadelphia Phillies dropped six straight. The 2006 Cardinals lost eight in a row twice. The 2003 Marlins lost six in a row twice in one month. In fact, of the 11 World Series winners since 2000, seven have had at least one streak of six losses or more.
The game this afternoon was terrible to watch. Jon Lester pitched his brains out, but the offense did nothing against a wild Fausto Carmona before he settled down. The deciding run scored on a suicide squeeze, the No. 9 hitter having been put on base by a leadoff walk in which none of the four balls was close. The game ended with a horrific baserunning blunder, the kind a player commits when he's trying to prevent a six-game losing streak all by himself.
Most of all, though, I was struck by how nothing is going the Red Sox' way. Not the calls: Jacoby Ellsbury was clearly safe at second on what should have been a bases-loading E-3 in the third, and David Ortiz and Jon Lester both fell victim to home plate umpire Jerry Meals' inconsistent outer-half strike zone in one inning. Not the drops or the weather: The Sox tagged some balls, but each one was pushed back by the wind or held up just long enough to be caught.
But honestly I'm tired of talking about it. I'd much rather be dissecting wins instead of calling for calm in a hurricane of panic. So instead, I'll leave it to Dave Cameron:
Boston fans should not be scared by the lack of historical comparisons for slow starting teams turning it around – there simply aren’t very many examples of teams this good starting this poorly. And, just because they lost their first six games does not mean we should throw out our evaluations of the talent on their roster that we believed to be true a week ago. In fact, six games shouldn’t be enough to change any evaluation of ability in a significant way, so whatever you thought about the Red Sox’ abilities last week, you should still think something very close to that today.