The Boston Red Sox are in a complete state of disarray. After last nights 18-3 debacle against the Texas Rangers, Red Sox Nation is in a panic. The Boston Red Sox have slipped to a 4-7 record and are still last place in the American League East. I was in attendance at last night’s game, and let’s just say it was by far the worst game I have ever witnessed in person.
After Dustin Pedroia launched a two-run home run over the Green Monster in the bottom of the first inning, it looked like the Sox were going to be in pretty good shape. Needless to say, Jon Lester had a terrible outing pitching only two innings and giving up seven runs on eight hits while also walking four Ranger hitters. Mark Melancon not only proved that he is not a potential closer for the Red Sox, he also proved that he is not even worthy of pitching in the majors. Melancon was absolutely atrocious last night, giving up six earned runs including three home runs, and was pulled before even recording a single out. He gave up back-to-back homers to Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre, and later gave up another home run two batters later to Nelson Cruz. Hamilton’s home run was by far the longest homer I have ever seen in my life, a 469-foot bomb to right field. Melancon now has an ERA of 49.50. Yes, that is right. Here is his line this season so far:
What a line that is. Looks a little like something you would see from a little league pitcher, not a major league pitcher.
Kevin Youkilis also helped prove Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine’s point by striking out four times in four at bats last night. Earlier this week, Valentine called out his third baseman in an interview with Boston Globe reporter Peter Abraham. Valentine was quoted in saying:
“I don’t think he’s as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason. But [on Saturday] it seemed, you know, he’s seeing the ball well, got those two walks, got his on-base percentage up higher than his batting average, which is always a good thing, and he’ll move on from there.”
(Courtesy of Boston.com)
Here is the actual video of the interview:
(Courtesy of Davey Pageviews on YouTube)
Pedroia, the leader in the Red Sox clubhouse since Jason Varitek’s retirement, came to the aid of Youkilis and defended him.
(Courtesy of NESN on YouTube)
I am on Pedey and Youkilis’ side with this one. If you are the manager and you have a problem with a player you take that player into your office and talk to him behind closed doors. You don’t call him out to the media before speaking to him. Valentine is in his first season as Red Sox manager and does not have the respect of all of his players yet. After this stunt he has clearly dug himself a bigger hole. And, people are bashing Pedroia for backing up Youkilis. Why? If you are seriously going to talk smack about a guy who is the leader in the clubhouse and gives his all every single day, you are crazy. If Valentine can call out Youkilis to the media, then why can’t Pedroia do the same about Valentine? If you were Pedroia you would back up your longtime friend and teammate of six seasons too. Valentine needs to rethink his decisions before he gets himself fired.
There are such high expectations of Boston every season, and rightfully so. But people need to relax. Yes, Valentine has created a firestorm only two weeks into the season. But, the last five word of the previous sentence are what people are overlooking, “two weeks into the season.” There are 162 games in the season. Boston has only played 11 games so far. Guess what? That means that there are 151 games left. That is plenty of time for this team to turn things around.
Ben Cherington will undoubtedly have to make some moves to improve this team. Injuries have played a huge role in this young season. Carl Crawford, Andrew Bailey, and Jacoby Ellsbury are all hurt, and the pitching staff is not nearly as good as it may seem. Cherington definitely has some work to do if this team wants to make the playoffs.
Only time will tell if this team has the ability to live up to Red Sox Nation’s expectations.