Well, the Red Sox officially began their spring training and their quest for another World Series Championship. Spring is in sight, anxiety is kicking in, and the skeptics are starting to come out. So, that means one thing, baseball is almost here!
Yesterday’s Red Sox game was one of the best wins of the 2016 season yet. Coming into the 9th inning, down 5-2, it seemed as if the Red Sox were going to lose the divisional game.
The Red Sox have lost 5 out of the last 6 games and went 4-5 in their last big homestand of the season. Now, they are about to go on a daunting 11-game West Coast road trip. Is this a safe time to say that we should be a little concerned still with our pitching? I think so. Should Dave Dombrowski retract his statement that the team isn’t looking to add another significant piece? Probably.
I know there are many great things to talk about in terms of the Red Sox’s performance during the first half, but I’m going to talk about the weaknesses that the team needs to focus on improving in the second half. If they fix some key issues and continue doing the things they are doing well, we could be very happy come playoff time. But, the issues are not small.
David Price came struggling out of the gate for the 2016 season. In Price’s first seven starts in a Red Sox uniform, he racked up an ERA of 6.75. In four of those seven starts, he allowed five or more runs, some to teams who can be found at the bottom of the AL East standings. It would have been foolish to think those struggles would last throughout the entire season. Maybe Red Sox fans can just call his time of struggle a readjusting period. Because who we are seeing now is not the same David Price we saw in the beginning of the season through the first week of May.