Jerry Remy on D&C: ‘I’m so sick of injuries over the last couple of years’
|05.08.13 at 9:49 am ET|
NESN Red Sox analyst Jerry Remy made his weekly appearance with Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday morning, following Tuesday night’s 6-1 loss to the Twins. The Red Sox have lost four of their last five games and are dealing with a rash of injuries, including two suffered in Tuesday night’s game that Remy called “just one of those lousy, ugly nights at Fenway.”
“It started down in Texas when they ran into the pitching they did with the Rangers, and the Rangers were playing very good baseball that weekend,” Remy said. “So you lose three games down there, you come back home and you get whacked with all these injuries. It reminds me a little of the last couple of years with all the injuries. You hope that that doesn’t happen again.
“So, they’re going to have find a way to fight their way through this. We don’t know how bad [David] Ross is yet, and we don’t know how bad [Will] Middlebrooks is yet. Certainly you know that the closers are going to be on the DL for a while. So, they’re going to have to figure a way to fight their way through this. … You hate to see the injuries pop up, because they’ve been playing so good. I’m so sick of injuries over the last couple of of years. It’s ridiculous.”
The Red Sox offense has hit a rough stretch, culminating with only a meaningless ninth-inning run in Tuesday’s loss.
“You’re going to run into situations like you did down in Texas. That’s just going to happen, where you get their top three starters, and their top three starters, not one of them has an off game,” Remy said. “You’re going to run into situations like that through the course of the season. It’s going to happen two, three, four times a year. But you’ve got to be able to regroup after that. And they did bounce back to get the win in the first game [vs. the Twins], a come-from-behind win here at Fenway. But then they went into a funk again last night.
“But I do think they have enough offense. I think there are guys that haven’t swung the bat yet that are going to swing the bat well — Middlebrooks one of those guys. [Stephen] Drew‘s starting to come around a little bit. If you can get the bottom of the lineup to swing the bat and be productive, they’re very strong at the top. You’ve got a pretty tough one through nine there. Do they have enough? Yes, I do think they do have enough.
“They’ve got to continue to pitch, though, the way they have been. There’ll be a slight drop-off in that I’m sure. There has to be. You can’t keep it that pace all season long — or you can, you’re going to win a Cy Young Award. But the fact is, I think as the season moves on I think the offense is going to click a little bit better. Because they haven’t really clicked one through nine yet.”
Allen Webster has been called up to pitch Wednesday night, with Felix Doubront temporarily moving to the bullpen.
“They like this kid a lot,” Remy said. “The first game that I saw, I was very impressed with him. He’s got a good, live fastball, a good breaking ball, a good changeup. I think the only thing with him is experience and learning to pitch at the major league level. You can get away in Triple-A with that kind of velocity, those kind of pitches, but you’ve got to place those kind of pitches at the big league level. I think that’s really the thing that he has to work on up here.
“If he goes out and dazzles them tonight, you might consider keeping him around, because the guy’s got electric stuff. And with Doubront right now, they’re a little concerned about him, because the last couple of outings, the last one in particular, the velocity on his fastball was way down. It was down about 4 or 5 miles an hour. And I think it’s a good time to give him some time off to try to regain that, whether it be out of the bullpen or just plain rest. With the injuries they’ve had in the bullpen recently, they need somebody down there, so that’s why they sent Doubront down there. That, and the combination of the fact that I think there was a red flag the last time they pitched him, that maybe something’s wrong.
“It will be interesting to see how he does tonight, Webster. I really like him. I really like what I saw the first time. He’s got major league stuff. Now it’s just gaining major league experience.”
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