Red Sox Off to Mediocre Start

The Red Sox are 4-7, in 4th place currently in the AL east.  They’ve scored an average of 4 runs a game, allowing 5.  They’ve only won 1 game at home out of 5, winning 3 on the road.  Lefty power hitters JD Drew .139 and David Ortiz .177 are in a funk.  They’ve both struck out 15 times – Drew in 36  at bats, big Papi in 35.  The two have accounted for only 6 of the team’s 47 total runs.   I know it’s early in the season, but it may be time to platoon Mike Lowell and Ortiz at DH.  Drew is one of the least durable players in the league and may be ailing again, so I’d put him on the DL and work Cameron, Hermida and Hall into the outfield until Ellsbury returns.

The Sox have gotten serviceable starting pitching, but the bullpen has been a little shaky, particularly Ramon Ramirez, Manny Delcarmen and Scott Schoeneweis.  It’s too early to panic, but the team shouldn’t go with these guys for too long if they can’t get the job done.  When Dice-K comes back, I’d recommend sending Wake to the bullpen and pitch him before or after Bard.  That’d mess up hitters’ timing, wouldn’t it?  And why not bring Julian Tavarez back?  He’s not on a major league roster anywhere as best I can tell.

An interesting tidbit to reveal:  the cerebral Red Sox have 5 players whose last names are names of colleges:  Bard College, Drew College, Wakefield College (in the UK) , UMASS Lowell, and Seton Hall.

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