Talking about our issues

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Talking about our issues

The Red Sox finally got a win last night. In the process, they mercifully pumped the breaks on their season-long losing streak and forced the vultures to find something else to bitch about for the next 24 hours.

Shhh, everybody listen for a second

You hear that?

Silence.

God, it's a beautiful. Now let's just hope the Sox can string together a few more wins, so we can keep this going.

To be honest, that's what this season has become for me. I'm not only rooting for the Sox for the obvious reasons, but also to spite the bitter crazies who are so obsessed with stirring the pot. Who aren't happy until they've turned every little thing into really big thing, and ruin the experience for everyone else. I'm sick of it.

Blah.

Anyway, the latest source of drama is surrounding Buster Olney's repeated claims that there's trouble in the Sox clubhouse. And you know, if it was anyone else (EXCEPT FOR CSNNE.COM RED SOX INSIDER SEAN MCADAM), I'd probably ignore the story. But with Olney, it's fair to assume that there's maybe a little something to this.

Here's what he said yesterday, on Mike and Mike:

"There are still some players on that team angry with what happened last fall," he said. "The accusations, questions about who the mole was on that chicken and beer story. One loud conversation I heard about between two teammates on that team. They've got to get that settled. It really tells you the depth of the anger that was felt after that story got out. ... there's a lot of questions among some Red Sox players about who was the guy that leaked that information out there and that has not been resolved."

The funny thing about this is the constant reference to "some Red Sox players" as if there's any question as to who might still have a problem with last year. Hmm Darnell McDonald? Maybe Matt Albers? How about Frankie Mo?

It could only be Josh Beckett.

And if it's true, that sucks, but thankfully, he only matters once every five days. And if the Sox can start winning, it won't matter at all. But before we move on from Boston's alleged clubhouse issues, I need to pass along this great quote from Big Papi, when he was asked about the reports after last night's game.

"We're just going to try and play the game right and go through it, he said. "People need to put whatever happened last year behind. You're not going to resolve any problems by talking about it."

You're not going to resolve any problems by talking about it.
I get what he's saying, but in any context that's pretty funnyastounding. Hopefully there are a few other influential leaders in that clubhouse who feel differently. If not, it might not be long before the Sox have some new problems on their hands.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Three things we learned from the Red Sox’ 11-9 loss to the Twins

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Three things we learned from the Red Sox’ 11-9 loss to the Twins

Three things we learned from the Boston Red Sox’ 11-9 loss to the Minnesota Twins . . .

1) David Price isn’t having fun

Boston’s $217 million-dollar arm had another rough outing -- this time against a team that already has 60 losses.

Those are the team’s he’s supposed to dominate.

“It’s been terrible,” Price said on how his season has gone following the loss. “Just awful.”

Price’s mistakes have often been credited to mechanical mishaps this year. Farrell mentioned that following his start in New York, Price spent time working on getting more of a downhill trajectory on his pitches.

But Price doesn’t think his issue is physical.

So it must be mental -- but he doesn’t feel that’s the case either.

“Honestly I don’t think it’s either one of those,” Price said when asked which he thought was a factor. “It’s me going out there and making pitches. “

But when it comes down to the barebones, pitching -- much like anything else -- is a physical and mental act.

So when he says it’s neither, that’s almost impossible. It could be both, but it has to be one.

His mind could be racing out on the mound from a manifestation of the issues he’s had throughout the season.

Or it could just be that his fastball isn’t changing planes consistently, like Farrell mentioned.

Both could be possible too, but it takes a certain type of physical approach and mental approach to pitch -- and Price needs to figure out which one is the issue, or how to address both. 

2) Sandy Leon might be coming back to Earth

Over his last five games, Boston’s new leading catcher is hitting .176 (3-for-17), dropping his average to .395.

A couple things have to be understood. His average is still impressive. In the five games prior to this dry spell, Leon went 7-for-19 (.368) But -- much like Jackie Bradley Jr. -- Leon hasn’t been known for his offensive output throughout his career. So dry spells are always tests of how he can respond to adversity and make necessary adjustments quickly.

Furthermore, if he’s not so much falling into a funk as opposed to becoming the real Sandy Leon -- what is Boston getting?

Is his run going to be remembered as an exciting run that lasted much longer than anyone expected? Or if he going to show he’s a legitimate hitter that can hit at least -.260 to .280 with a little pop from the bottom of the line-up?

What’s more, if he turns back into the Sandy Leon he’s been throughout his career, the Red Sox will have an interesting dilemma on how to handle the catching situation once again.

3) Heath Hembree has lost the momentum he gained after being called up.

Following Saturday’s contest, the right-hander was demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket after an outing where he went 1/3 of an inning, giving up a run on three hits -- and allowing some inherited runners to score.

Hembree at one point was the savior of the bullpen, stretching his arm out over three innings at a time to bail out the scuffling Red Sox starting rotation that abused it’s bullpen.

His ERA is still only 2.41 -- and this has been the most he’s ever pitched that big league level -- but the Red Sox have seen a change in him since the All-Star break.

Which makes sense, given that hitters have seven hits and two walks against him in his 1.1 innings of work -- spanning four games since the break.

“He’s not confident pitcher right now,” John Farrell said about Hembree before announcing his demotion. “As good as Heath has been for the vast majority of this year -- and really in the whole first half -- the four times out since the break have been the other side of that.”

Joe Kelly will be the pitcher to replace Hembree and Farrell hopes to be able to stretch him out over multiple innings at a time, as well.