The Sox haven’t quite been themselves recently. Their pitching has been pretty good, about the same in fact. But their offense has gone completely down the drain.
I’m not going to sugar coat any of this. Here are the season stats placed right next to the last 30 days:
AVG/OBP/SLG: .273/.347/.461 vs .257/.333/.431
BABIP: .308 vs .303 (translation = it’s not bad luck)
Their line drive, fly ball, ground ball, infield fly ball, and HR per fly ball percentages are all within a point of where they have been all year.
What does this mean? It means that they just aren’t hitting the ball as much. There is no secret to what is going on. It is just market correction. They are who we thought they were! The question is, do we crown their ass or let em off the hook?
Well, as we have talked about in recent days, the season is far from over. The schedule is conducive to a comeback in the standings and Dusty is due back soon. I’m running out of ways to say it is going to be ok.
On a side note, the Sox brass showed what they think already. The season is over in their eyes. Instead of splashing down at the deadline they turned their eyes to the future by acquiring an old target in Jarrod Saltalamacchia. That move pretty much adds Victor Martinez to the list of rental players like Cameron (DL), Hermida (AAA), and Bill Hall.
While Theo may be calling it for the future (which he should by the way), the Sox themselves shouldn’t mail it in. With their rotation, all they’d need to do is get into the playoffs and anything can happen. At least that’s what I’ll keep telling myself.