The Boston Red Sox have had more plots and sub plots to their season thus far than an episode of The Wire. Conventional wisdom would tell you that a 43-43 record at the MLB All-Star break along with being nine and a half games behind the New York Yankees is not a good place for the Sox to be. So are the Red Sox buyers or Sellers as the trade deadline approaches?
Boston has had a multitude of problems this season that range from players being injured or players not producing as expected. The injuries to Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford, Dustin Pedroia, Andrew Bailey, Kevin Youkilis (Before the Trade), etc. have hurt the team, but have allowed younger unknown players like Will Middlebrooks showcase their skills.
Adrian Gonzalez has not produced as advertised or as expected especially considering the big year he had last season in Boston. Fans and the front office alike were actually expecting more of the same and even a possible increase in power.
I don’t think anybody thought that Gonzalez would have only six home-runs at the break. He has started to heat up as of late, but still no power from the Sox clean-up hitter.
The pitching has been in shambles just like it was last September when this team’s downward spiral began. Jon Lester and Josh Beckett both have losing records so far and ERA’s around four and half.
Clay Buchholz has been injured and inconsistent and Sox have never been able to rely on him as a guy who can put up big numbers for 30 plus starts a year.
It makes you wonder if the team will make a move with its pitching staff that has struggled so much since the end of last year.
For the question as to whether or the Sox are buyers or sellers, I would say that they are both. Red Sox GM Ben Cherington has come out and said that the team will not “blow up” the roster. The team needs to upgrade its pitching, while still allowing younger talent to develop and contribute.
Despite all of the negative press and issues that have hit Boston this season they are still right in the thick of the wild card chase. If the team starts to fall off pace the organization may change routes.