Red Sox Need A Rainout and Get It


It worked in Bull Durham so maybe it will work for the Red Sox.  After a 4-10 start that has proved difficult to stomach for Red Sox fans, the team is in need of any kind of break.  A rain out may be that break as Sunday night’s game against the New York Yankees has been postponed thanks to torrential downpours expected for the Boston area.

With the cancellation, the Sox will have the day to recover from a humiliating loss at the hands of the hated Yankees and now focus their full attention to how this club can start to dig their way out of this messy situation they’ve put themselves in to start the season. And not having to face the Yankees offense for one more night isn’t a bad thing either.

The Red Sox offense has been decent through the first 14 games, often providing more than enough runs to win some ball games.  The starting pitching has been suspect, but at times doing the job when the offense sputters.  The bullpen, that has been the internal living nightmare for the Red Sox.  Yesterday’s drubbing at the hands of the Evil Empire reinforced that the Sox bullpen stinks and is in desperate need of some patchwork.

With Aaron Cook being stretched into 7 innings of work per outing he should be recalled in the next week to avoid his opt out clause of May1 if he’s not on the major league roster.

Rich Hill is also close to returning from injury so immediate help is on the way that could pave the way to send Daniel Bard back to the bullpen.  Yesterday I covered how Alfredo Aceves is not comfortable being the Red Sox closer and that came to full fruition last night when he was rocked by a heavy Yankees offense.

It’s time to regroup for this 25-man group.  Forget about what has been and focus on what lies ahead.  The Minnesota Twins are a well hitting ball club that can put up crooked numbers in any given inning so the Sox had best have a short memory as to what’s transpired over the last couple of days.  With the top of the rotation set to take the mound at the start of the week, maybe the bullpen won’t be needed and things can get back to normal with the Red Sox; winning some ballgames.

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