May 7, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster (46) reacts to being relieved during the eighth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Miserable May Continues With 12-4 Loss


Remember how consistent the Red Sox were in April and ended the month with MLB’s best record? It appears they’re being just as consistent in May. Only this time they’re going in reverse.

 

Ryan Dempster simply didn’t have it today. He would give up six runs (all earned), seven hits (three of them home runs), and one walk while striking out six. On the plus side, he did go at least five innings and continued his high strikeout total.

The “star” for the Sox offense was Mike Napoli, who went three for four with a double and a home run.

As bad as the pitching and hitting were for the Sox for today’s game, an even bigger concern arose in the fourth inning. While trying to prevent Edwin Encarnacion‘s eventual home run off Dempster, Shane Victorino would crash ribs-first into the right field wall. Victorino exited the game and would later pay a visit to the hospital. Hopefully his injury isn’t too serious.

With the loss, the Sox are now 2-8 for their last 10 games. They’ve now dropped three straight series and are 4-8 for the month of May. Many of us figured they wouldn’t continue at the pace they had been going in April. But they need to get back on the right track and end this skid soon. With who they have on schedule for the remainder of the month, it’s not an unreasonable goal for them to at least break even.

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  • Rick M

    TB is next up and they are starting to put it together. The reality is the Sox may be a good team – capable of .500 – but not a great team capable of the playoffs.

    Hopefully this blip just represents a typical slump all teams are prone to have but I feel it will be a bit deeper.

    • John Fahrer

      The FO will have to decide whether or not to make upgrades at the deadline if potential acquisitions are out there. I’m sure Cherington will take a similar approach to what Epstein had usually done. If they can pick a guy or two up where the price isn’t too steep, I’m sure he’ll go along with a potential deal. But if they have to include anybody they view as vital pieces of the future, they should walk away.

      My untouchables list is rather big: Webster, DeLaRosa, Barnes, Ranaudo, Owens, Brentz, Bradley, Cecchini, Swihart, Bogaerts. If a trade is out there that doesn’t include any of those ten, Cherington should go along with it.

      We do have some guys with really good potential who aren’t on that list. Sean Coyle being one of them. If it weren’t for Pedroia, Coyle would be on my untouchables list. Perhaps the Phils could view this PA native as the successor to Chase Utley…