OAKLAND -- John Farrell has seen the things you have: the pop-gun offense, the inability to produce with men on base, the one-run losses.
So maybe it's false bravado. Or maybe he's trying to convince himself. But in the wake of another excruciating loss -- this one 10 innings, 2-1, to the Oakland A's - Farrell managed to double down on his team.
"Honestly, I look at it like this,'' began Farrell. "We are very close to becoming a team that will go on a run for an extended period. We've got a number of strong things already in place and that is pitching -- both in terms of our rotation and our bullpen. I think we're playing very good defense.
"(But) we've had situations get away from us as far as men in scoring position.''
It was more of the same Saturday for the Sox, who managed just one run in 10 innings, were hitless in six at-bats with runners in scoring position and left eight baserunners on base.
In the three games here to date, the Red Sox have scored six runs.
Still, Farrell believes.
"Like I said, we're close in a number of ways,'' he said, "and we're able to keep games under control from the pitching and defensive side. That's going to give us an opportunity to win every night. And yet, we've got to continue to build opportunities. Whether or not we cash in on those...that's what we've got to continue to focus on.''
Yesterday marked the eighth game in a row in which the Red Sox failed to score more than three runs. In seven of those eight, they've actually scored two runs or fewer.