The Boston Red Sox put another embarrassing performance on the diamond last night, as the Red Sox got behind early and never recovered. The Royals put 6 runs up in three innings, between the 4th to 6th, hammering Andrew Cashner for all of those earned runs.
Cashner was the only pitcher that the Red Sox brought in before the trade deadline and it’s left Red Sox fans scratching their collective heads. At the time, he looked like a decent depth piece for the rotation, but not a game changer. Thus far in his career in Boston, Cashner hasn’t been able to handle the pressure and has buckled.
Dave Dombrowski must not have felt too confident in his club, because I think he would have hauled in one of the elite pitchers on the market if he believed the Red Sox had a chance to repeat. It isn’t like any pitcher is stepping up and taking the initiative to lead this team, though.
Chris Sale and David Price have both been having issues as well. Without either of them, the Red Sox aren’t going to do anything. The offense is trying to help give the pitching run support, but it’s difficult to overcome their woes on the bump.
The offense wasn’t around for the Red Sox last night, though. Jakob Junis allowed just 1 earned run in 6 innings of work. So, the Red Sox had an awful night no matter how you look at the game. Their 7-5 win from Monday is the only victory that the Red Sox have had in their previous ten games.
They’re 1-9, with losses against the Rays, Yankees, and Royals. With a record of 60-56, the Red Sox are more than five games back of the final wildcard. Something has to change fast, as they look to do damage against Glenn Sparkman of the Royals tonight. Eduardo Rodriguez will attempt to get the pitching staff going for the Sox. Head below for our free Royals vs. Red Sox pick.
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There’s no surprise as to why the Red Sox are struggling right now. They could have been way better offensively last night, and I’d say they are playing below their potential recently. However, no team is winning many ball games when the pitching is allowing 5 or more runs in ten of eleven games. In Chris Sale and David Price’s last two outings, the Red Sox allowed a combined 16 runs. That’s not going to work.
Eduardo Rodriguez will attempt to stop the bleeding on Wednesday for the Red Sox. He’s been solid enough in 2019 for Boston. Although, trouble might be lurking against this lineup. Yeah, it’s only the Royals, not an exceptional offense by any means. But Rodriguez has struggled against this team in the past.
The current Royals roster are hitting .362 with a .434 in 47 at-bats against Eduardo. There are three hitters in the lineup who have connected for a greater than .400 average against Rodriguez in a combined 23 at-bats. At least the offense has a good opportunity to wake up this evening. Sparkman has been getting battered by anyone with a pulse at the dish of late.
Sparkman goes into Fenway Wednesday with an ERA of 5.58 and 1.44 WHIP. That doesn’t look too bad compared to his most recent work. Sparkman owns an ERA of 10.57 with a 1.96 WHIP and .403 OBA in his previous three contests. Note that he’s allowed at least 4 earned runs in five of his last six outings.
It also helps that the Red Sox are hitting .382 with a .421 OBA against Sparkman in 34 at-bats. If they can’t pummel Sparkman, heads are going to roll in Boston. The final score should be able to get into the double digits and go OVER the posted total of 10.5.