From First to Third

fenway_parkBy Geary Kaczorowski

Last week they had the lead in the AL East. This week the Red Sox sit 3 games behind the hated Yankees, and their run differential has dropped from something like +38 to +18. Where did the Boston’s offense disappear to? I refuse to believe that this team has just been overachieving.

I suppose their 20-8 start could have been an anomaly. I mean, David Ortiz was on fire for a great deal of those games, hitting at an unsustainable level. Their starting pitching, for the most part, has held together pretty well. The relievers haven’t fared as well. The Red Sox have lost their closer, Joel Hanrahan, for the season. The rest of them are struggling.

At least the Bruins are playing with a high intensity. Their come from behind victory yesterday over the Maple Leafs was nothing short of spectacular. The Red Sox could use some of those types of victories. Speaking of victories, the Buzzard Bay Raiders snagged their 3rd victory of the season tonight, and we’ve climbed into third place in the Cape Cod 40+ league.

And the Detroit Tigers continue to win. My hometown team regained sole possession of first in the AL Central when the surprising Cleveland Indians dropped their last couple of games. I see Cleveland staying competitive throughout the year and that’ll say a lot about what a quality manager Terry Francona is.

The Tigers are sporting the best run differential in all of baseball, so as Detroit’s monster offense continues to destroy opposing pitchers the Tigers pitchers are doing a fair amount of their own damage on the hitters in the league. There is lots of good baseball coming out of Detroit these days.

Apparently out of the Bronx too. Seriously, what’s with the hated Yankees? Wasn’t their offense supposedly decimated with injuries to Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and Derek Jeter? Aren’t they relying on the arms of 43 year old Mariano Riviera who’s 16 for 16 in save situations, and soon to be 41 year old Andy Pettite, who’s 4-2, with a 3.83 era? There has got to be some magic water in the Bronx.

I’m hoping the Red Sox find some magic water of their own. There’s no reason why they can’t, they still have Jon Lester (5-0, 2.73 ERA) and Clay Buchholz (6-0, 1.69 ERA) anchoring the pitching staff, with Dustin Pedroia (.331 BA, .423 OBP), David Ortiz (.329, 5 HR, 20 RBI), and Mike Napoli (7 HR, 33 RBI) supplying the offense.

There are a few hitters like Jacoby Ellsbury and Will Middlebrooks that really need to improve at the plate to make this team hum, and of course the Red Sox could benefit from a better John Lackey and Ryan Dempster.

The potential is there, we just need to wait and see if it actually materializes.


About mesh5

a life-long baseball fan that began, at the age of 54, to play organized baseball for the first time. i'm part of the cape cod over-35 league, playing second base and rightfield. i run my own web site development company as well as being the music director at wumd

Posted on May 14, 2013, in Indians, MLB, Red Sox, Tigers, Yankees and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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