By MyFM's Jake Archer - After another night of putrid offensive output, I’m really starting to worry about this Red Sox team. I know it’s only May 2nd, but this team has become inept offensively and it will soon start to take a toll on the pitchers. Last night, Rick Porcello had another start where he received no help from his teammates and thus took a loss after pitching a great game.
Porcello fell to 1-4 after giving up just two runs on five hits in six innings. He struck out seven and did not issue a walk but he still matched his loss total from last year. The Red Sox have not scored for Porcello in the last 23 innings he has been in the game. That’s absurd.
The crazy thing is, Porcello isn’t the only one getting the bad luck, and he’s certainly not the one with the worst luck either. Sox ace Chris Sale has gotten four runs of support all year. The guy’s ERA is 1.19 and he’s 1-2 despite being perhaps the most dominant pitcher in baseball this year. The whole Sox pitching staff from the starters to the bullpen have been performing pretty well, yet the team is 13-12 and in third place in the division.
Guys like Sale and Porcello have not pointed the finger at anyone but themselves at all and in fact, they’ve taken the blame and said all the right things. But at some point here, this is going to boil over because it’s getting ridiculous. Sale pitches tonight and if he doesn’t get some runs put up, I’m going to be really worried about his mental state and what this offense is made of.
Chris Sale starts are maybe the most fun thing to happen to Red Sox baseball in a while now. They are appointment viewing and I try not to miss a pitch, but with the offense just not showing up on days Sale pitches, the fun is going away. It’s becoming the most frustrating day of the week and that needs to change now.
I know that the Sox are not at full health and that it is early, but those excuses are running thin. If this team were hitting even decently, they’d be one of the best in baseball. So yea, when it heats up the ball will start jumping and this team is bound to hit, but how big of a hole are you going to dig before that happens? How much are you going to alienate the pitching staff before they start resenting the hitters? This could become a real, deep-rooted problem and we need a solution.
I keep clinging to the hope that David Ortiz will step in and save us, but I also know that it probably isn’t happening. Between the hitting, and the ridiculous amount of errors in the field, the position players need to step up and it needs to start tonight.