The Boston Red Sox have been scuffling for a good part of the season. The pitching has been fine and in particular the starters. What has been a real struggle has been the lineup and, specifically the bottom of the order. There hasn’t been much consistency at all.
When David Ross plays, he is hitting about .160. Jackie Bradley, Jr. is one of the best defensive center fielders in MLB at this point, but he is still very much struggling at the plate just barely at .200 and Will Middlebrooks, when he can stay on the field, is batting .197. The bottom of the lineup has a bunch of rally killers and it is starting to show.
It seems like the top of the order can get on base, but they can’t string together any sort of hits and they are leaving men on at a ridiculous rate. It is very frustrating to watch Boston try to get something going only to have the bases loaded and the inning over before you know it. It seems to be a continuing trend and the Red Sox are very lucky that no other team has runaway with this division.
John Farrell believes in his players and they love playing for him. He will give them a lot of chances to prove that they deserve to be there and the players at the bottom of the order do have a lot of value in different ways. However, they are just not hitting consistently and are running at about half a lineup. Boston needs to and should have faith in these guys.
They really need to step it up, however.