Red Sox not in talking mood about ‘shared frustration’ of offensive woes
|07.08.14 at 12:11 am ET|
The Red Sox very clearly know where they stand in the race for the American League East. They know that they stand in last place at 39-50, 10 games behind the first-place Orioles. The Red Sox know that with every loss, with every lackluster performance against a mediocre pitcher, their chances at reaching the postseason to defend their World Series championship look gloomier.
The growing unlikelihood of a playoff berth gets more real by the day. It stares them right in the face every day in the form of the standings on the Green Monster scoreboard.
“We don’t need to think about [the standings],” said outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. “We can see it. Every single day we go on the field, we see it out there in left field. I don’t think it’s something that we’re too much focused on. We’re trying to get back to winning, and if you win, it’ll all kind of take care of itself.”
The only problem? The team is grasping for answers as to why it can only muster one hit off a pitcher by like White Sox hurler Scott Carroll, owner of a 4.52 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and .296 opponent batting average.
“I don’t have any answers,” said utility man Brock Holt. “We’ve got guys up and down the lineup that know what to do and have done it before, but we’re just not getting it done right now. It’s not from lack of work. We’re going out and doing what we’re supposed to do. We’re just not getting the results that we want.”
The frustration in the clubhouse is seemingly starting to boil over. When asked about the offense’s struggle to give him any run support, starter Clay Buchholz cut off the inquiry.
“I’m done talking about the offense,” Buchholz said. “It’s not like they’re going out there trying not to do anything. It’s just not working right now. I’m not going to answer any more questions about our offense.”
Not only are the Sox struggling to muster any semblance of run support, the team seemingly can’t pinpoint why it came into Monday’s game hitting .245 with a .322 OBP and .369 slugging percentage while ranked second to last in the American League at 3.8 runs per game. There is no single, magic answer to the struggles — only a cold reality that drastic improvement is needed to avoid rendering the playoffs an impossibility before the arrival of the All-Star break.
“All that you’ve got to do is play better,” said catcher A.J. Pierzynski. “When you go out and get two hits, two hits ain’t going to win a lot. … You aren’t going to win a lot games like that.”
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