The Boston Red Sox now play the wait and see game.
The Red Sox will either face the Detroit Tigers or Oakland Athletics in the America League Championship Series starting Saturday. And while the Red Sox weigh the options of facing both teams, the focus now shifts to what the Red Sox need to improve on.
Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti talked about their biggest concerns for the Red Sox moving forward.
“That’s what it comes down to, the lineup after [David] Ortiz,” Massarotti said. “It was something I was worried about at the very beginning of the year. It did not rear itself during the regular season. Now, you have seen elite pitching starting in the last round, and you are really going to see it the rest of the way through. Those guys at the bottom, what can they do there.”
While Massarotti had concerns about the offense, Felger turned his attention to the back of the bullpen.
“I think you have seen ever so slight slippage from Koji Uehara in these last couple of games,” Felger said. “In game three it wasn’t so slight, he gave up a walk-off. Even though it was a decent pitch he still gave up a walk-off homerun to lose the game. I heard people say the other night, ‘Uehara was Uehara, four up four down.’ He didn’t look exactly the same guy to me.”