With the 2015 season almost halfway through the RedSox need to get back to their winning ways of “04 “07 and”13. They did this by sound fundamental baseball. A lot of hit and run and patient at bats. This team is putting to much pressure on itself and floundering around last place to common.
The teams of it’s championship years had great role players such as Mike Timlin and Johnny Damon. Players like these new their roles and executed them well. Players like Dave Roberts, Trot Nixon and Bill Mueller had patient at bats and delivered timely hits when it mattered most. This team lacks both character and identity. One example is patients at the plate. Mike Napoli for example who is hot of late was getting teased to much by low outside pitches way out of the strike zone.
Pitching wise the Sox have been getting better starts out of Clay Buchholz,Wade Miley and rookie Eduardo Rodriguez. Rodriguez has pitched two gems against the Twins and Rangers of late going eight innings in each start and gaining a shutout. Buchholz has seemed to find a groove and has pitched six quality starts. The only one struggling is Joe Kelly who has some location issues. Bullpen wise the Sox are in good shape with Junichi Tazawa, and Koji Uehara.Uehara has struggled with a blown save and a loss against Texas his first back to back blown save and loss as a Red Sox.
Manager John Farrell has been on the hot seat of late with the Boston media. Recently Farrell has benched struggling Dave Ortiz 220 and six homers. Also third baseman Pablo Sandoval has committed two crucial errors which caused the Sox a loss recently. Sandoval signed a long term lucrative contract as a free agent over the winter General manager Ben Cherrington has let it be known he is in no rush to shake up the ball club with any major trades.
With plenty of time left the Sox need to go back to fundamental baseball. Like their championship years when Johnny Damon gave them good at bats and Pedro dominated the league. The Sox may have no Pedro anymore but certainly have a decent enough pitching staff to compete for a playoff spot in the weak ALeast. With almost a hundred games left the Sox have no where to look but up. Three years of last place is a little to painful for any sports fan to tolerate.