THAT Kyle Farnsworth? The guy with great stuff who constantly was beaten like an egg? He shut down Jacoby Ellsbury, J. D. Drew and David Ortiz 1-2-3 in a one run game?
Did the Red Sox blow ANOTHER well pitched game by Jon Lester?
Yeah yeah yeah, I know it is only April. But need I remind you of 1996? The Red Sox were the defending Division Champs, but dropped the first 5 games of the year.
By April 17th, they were 2-12.
They were still 10 games under .500 in June. But in the second half, they caught fire.
They went 22-9 in August,.
In the second half, they played at a .636 clip. No team was hotter in the second half.
Here’s the problem. They finished the season 85-77, 3 games back of the Wild Card winning Orioles.
Imagine if they had a mediocre start. They would have probably made the playoffs.
It’s early but ask the 1996 Red Sox if the games count.
Let’s update the tally.
April 8 – 9-6 win against the Yankees. (The Sox end their 6 game losing streak with a slugfest. John Lackey stinks but Phil Hughes stinks even more.)
April 10 – 4-0 win against the Yankees. (Beckett and Sabathia duel in a game that was 1-0 until the late innings.)
April 1 – 9-5 loss in Texas. (The Sox tie Opening Day in the 8th with an Ortiz homer only to have Bard implode and the Sox let up 4 in the bottom of the 8th.)
April 7 – 1-0 loss in Cleveland. (Sox blow a great Lester performance on a squeeze bunt and Darnell McDonald overrunning the bag to end the game.)
April 12 – 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay. (A solid Lester performance is wasted as Kyle Farnsworth of all people shuts down the Sox.)
Back down to -2.
Kevin Kennedy was inexplicably canned after the 1996 season.
I think Francona is fine but let’s start winning. I don’t want to have to make up those games later.