This has been one of the most schizophrenic Boston Red Sox teams that we have seen recently, for lack of a better term. I cannot recall any recent team that looked as listless and dreadful as the Red Sox after losing ten games in a row almost immediately turn it around to win seven games in a row.
They have been like a Disneyland roller coaster gone horribly wrong, so many ups and downs. That would be acceptable if this was April or May. However, we are almost into July and Boston doesn’t seem to playing with any consistency.
The pitching hasn’t been too bad. Jon Lester and John Lackey have done what has been asked of them at the top of the order. Felix Doubront and especially Clay Buchholz have been absolutely terrible and that hasn’t helped Boston out much. The bullpen has had a few hiccups but for the most part, it has been pretty steady.
What the Red Sox need to do is start hitting, no two ways about it, and it has to be throughout the lineup. I get the sense that other teams are pitching around David Ortiz and taking their chances with the rest of the lineup. Boston should be doing the fundamentals, maybe moving a runner over, trying to steal a base or two when the situation presents itself.
Having Mike Napoli back seems to be making a difference and when Shane Victorino comes back, it could be even better. It needs to be soon though because if I see one more Red Sox batter pop up or ground into a double play in a key situation, I’m going to puke.