Jul 22, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcherJoe Kelly
(56) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
No, you can’t have all of them on the list. Not every single Boston Red Sox pitcher has been a disappointment, no matter how any some of you Fenway faithful are right now. However, your anger is well founded.
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The team now finds themselves 11 games back in the American League East standings, after losing to the Houston Astros once again. That makes seven losses in a row and eight losses in the last 10 games. Some of those defeats came from absolutely terrible offense (check out tomorrow’s Top 5 list for the Mornin’ Chowda) and some of them came from horrific pitching.
It’s not just the starters, either. In fact, the pitching has been pretty brutal in the starting rotation and the bullpen, this season. Disappointments abound from some bigger names this season, making fans question whether some of their pitching staff from last year should not have been sacrificed like they were in the trades that Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington made. Can you imagine being him right now? The pressure he must be going through, considering his moves are what brought these disappointments to the team, must be unbearable at this point.
With that in mind, let’s look at how five of these pitchers rank in terms of team brutality: