After some very tough games over the last week the red sox need to take a deep breath and relax. Are their some things to be worried about? Yes. Are they still going to make the playoffs? Yes. So lets get our guys get healthy and get ready for October baseball! But as good red sox fans do what are some problems that are showing up with a month left of the reg. season...
#1) Starting pitching and this includes Jon Lester. Lester is a horse, but the Yankees have seen him a lot over the years and it showed in his last start against them! Lester couldn't blow his fastball by the likes of Andruw Jones and the gang. They fouled off pitches and Lester couldn't get past the 6th. If Lester doesn't win his games it could be a short postseason. The bigger concern though is obvious who will be the #3 pitcher?Lackey or Bedard? Miller and Wake are awful! Im going with Lackey. Lackey since coming off the phantom DL has been solid and has a winning record. He is a fiery guy and I love that he went after... what's that catchers name with 3 HR is his career? I don't remember crappy players names but good for Lackey!
#2) The Corner OF spots; outside of Ellsbury the OF production has been awful. For 2011 Crawford has been a bust, but a big postseason could turn that around. Who will play RF Reddick has struggled recently and needs to make the adjustments. Drew is fragile but has carried us before. McDonald is a bum and I wont talk about him ever again. Connor Jackson was acquired late, and has a month tryout to show us what he has.
#3) Who will be our ss. Lowrie has showed with his numerous errors that he is not a major league every day player for a contending team. Will Scutaro stay healthy? Will he produce enough to hide the other weak spots in the lineup? Could Iglesias get a shot late and make impact? i say Scutaro takes it.
#4) People may get mad but will Bard be the nasty setup man we will need! ok ok not that big of a concern, but it showed in the yankee game that Bard does struggle with throwing strikes consistently. If you can wait him out and stay off the slider he is hittable. He throws 96 mph plus, but talented hitters like the yankees have and can hit it if it isn't located near perfectly! We need him to be the guy to bail out the SP if they get in a mess, and he couldn't do that this week.
Alright everybody, I'm trying to get Brad back in the mix but he is exhausted with his baby girl! See you soon and go Sox!