The Boston Red Sox pitching staff has been suspect at best through the first quarter of the season. This enunciates why the team failed at a chance to beat the Baltimore Orioles last night and go above .500 for the first time this season.
Felix Doubront who is the fourth starter in Boston’s rotation went six strong innings, allowed only two earned runs and struck out a career high nine Oriole hitters. With the way that Boston’s offense has been hitting this year you would think this would be enough for a win.
The truth is that it probably would have been in previous years, but not this incarnation of the Red Sox. The 2012 Boston Red Sox seem to be more interested in being consistently inconsistent.
The Sox have pretty much taped together their pitching staff and bullpen due to a combination of injuries and poor performances by pitchers thus far. The September slump and epic demise of last season still looms over this last place team with no end in sight. Hopefully for Sox fans this isn’t the curse part two or something to that effect.
Doubront’s one mistake was a two run homerun by Steve Tolleson in the second inning. The young pitcher seems to have adjusted nicely from the bullpen and is one of the few bright spots for the team in a year marred by setbacks and failures.
The team also figured out how to keep Will Middlebrooks in the majors after the Kevin Youkilis return from the DL. Middlebrooks stayed at third while Youkilis moved over to first and Adrian Gonzalez switched to right field.
One has to wonder how long the team can keep shuffling things around before the season really falls apart.