Just when we all thought we were staring down our eleventh (!) consecutive loss for the 2014 season, fate stepped into this last game.
To sum it up neatly:
“With the Sox down by five runs Monday and on the verge of another wrenching loss, Ortiz and Pedroia were there to lead them out of the woods. The duo drove in six runs, five in the fifth inning, as the Red Sox rallied to beat the Atlanta Braves, 8-6.” - Peter Abraham.
Now, Pedroia and Ortiz have a lot to answer for. They’re the frontline guys, the ones who throw down the offensive, and should be the ones leading the team to win after win.
I know it’s unfair to pin a losing streak on individual players – it is, after all, a team sport – but these two needed to get their heads in the game, and now they need to keep ‘em there.
People have got all kinds of ideas about why the Sox have had such a rubbish beginning to the season (and yes, it is still early days, with just 50 games out of 162 done for the season):
1. Too many injuries on the team.
Nope. Not true. While there were 3 injuries last week, that doesn’t account for the streak. For the first 40 games, everyone was perfectly fine – if anyone should be complaining about this, it should be Orioles or even the Yankees. And if they’re all so damn injured, get a physio, get a table, and sort them out.
2. It’s a different team to the World Championship line-up.
Yeah, no kidding. No team is ever exactly the same season to season. But this year it’s only by 5 team members - certainly not enough to dilute the quality of the team.
3. The farm system will save us.
Wake up! The farm system hasn’t given us any big names since Pedroia joined the big leagues in 2006. Bradley’s good, and Bogaerts is shaping up well, but none of our everyday players are from the farm system. It’s the current team that needs to shape up.
If we can pull ourselves together now maybe we have a chance at getting to the end of the season in good shape – but we need a winning streak now, with no more losses.