The Red Sox take a 3 game winning streak into Oakland, get a solid start from John Lackey… and the left their bats in Boston.
Fannnntastic! Look, it is encouraging that Lackey had a good solid start right after Dice-K’s start. But should the Sox really be WASTING them?
And Okajima didn’t exactly look great.
I gave him a tearful good bye last December. That would be a more fitting ending to his Red Sox career than being put on waivers.
The Sox play tomorrow afternoon. Let’s hope their bats showed up.
Lets 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.)
April 15 – 7-6 loss to Toronto. (Bobby Jenks implodes with a 4 run seventh inning as the Red Sox waste Pedroia and Youkilis homers and a clutch RBI double by Scuatro.
April 19 – 5-0 loss in Oakland. (Pedroia gets picke doff, the Sox bats go dead and waste a solid Lackey start.)
The Red Sox are not the worst team in baseball right now. (That would be the Mets.)
But is THAT really the standard we are going for?