By MyFM's Jake Archer - Man, this is getting really tough to watch, really fast. It’s mid-May and I feel like the Red Sox are already dead. They aren’t, but things can’t get much uglier than they have been up to this point. Over the weekend, they dropped another series in frustrating fashion as they lost 2 of 3 to the Tampa Bay Rays. Without Chris Sale pitching on Saturday, they probably would’ve been swept.
On Friday night, the Rays touched up Rick Porcello again and the Sox committed two errors behind him in a 5-4 loss. Though the team got down 5-0 and fought back for four runs in the seventh, they couldn’t get over the hump. It was a weak effort by a team that can’t afford to keep no-showing games.
On Saturday, the Sox had Chris Sale on the mound to save them. At this point, days when Chris Sale pitches are the only days that it’s fun to watch this team and it seems like the only days that they win. Sale dominated again despite giving up three runs on two hits. The two hits were homeruns by lefties, which was unusual, but Sale cruised otherwise and the bats backed him up. Sale struck out another 12 batters, Mookie Betts drove in three and cranked a homer and Craig Kimbrel shut the door. It was a good day to be a Sox fan.
After every good day this year, a bad days seems to follow. On Sunday Sox starter Drew Pomeranz left with forearm tightness after three innings and the bullpen got shelled. The Sox bats stayed silent and the team lost 11-2 on Mother’s Day. It was ugly, just like most of this season has been.
As of right now, Boston sits at 19-18. They are somehow only four games out of first place and three and half out second but they have Tampa and Toronto nipping at their heels as well. Not much is going right, but it is a little too early to fully panic. They’ve got a few more weeks to hit a groove and get going before Memorial Day when they’ll need to look in the mirror and evaluate what is happening.