Feeling the Sox frustration


Feeling the Sox frustration

A family wedding in New York prevented me from seeing most of this weekends mess at Fenway, but I could have been on Mars and still felt the frustration.

For most of this season, the Sox issues have been very specific. Early in the year, it was the bullpen. Eventually, the pen came together and the starters fell apart. The arms got strong, and the bats went silent. The bats woke up and the starters disappeared again. No matter what, there was always one aspect of the game that was lacking, and we were left to sit back and dream of a day when everything would click. When the bats got hot, the starters were dominant and the bullpen was reliable all at the same time, and the Sox could finally become the team we all know they should be.

After this weekend, its the opposite. Everythings gone to hell. Everyones inconsistent. From one game to the next, you never know which unit will sabotage the Sox, but you know someone will. Meanwhile, the team's once again under .500; 10 games back in the division, 4.5 back in the wild card; with the Rangers set to invade Fenway for a three-game set. To make matters worse, David Ortiz is almost a week overdue to return to the lineup and still feeling pain in that Achilles; the "Fire Bobby V." campaign is gaining steam, only further enabling Bostons entitled roster; and were back to worrying more about snitches than winning actual games.

Id say its enough to drive you crazy, but I feel like most Sox fans are past that point. After this year of torture (which had been preceded by two years of mediocrity), most of Red Sox Nation has lost the will to be angry with these guys. Whats the point? Whats going to change?

That might sound like a fair-weather mentality, but this isnt just about the Red Sox being a bad team. Its a not a matter of fans saying Eh, the Sox arent winning so we dont like them anymore! Thats part of the initial anger, but not the apathy. The apathy comes from the repeated actions of an organization starting right at the top that has proven that winning is not a priority. That theyre more concerned with a long list of other factors soccer, sell outs, anniversary celebrations than bringing another World Series to Boston.

Deep down, we know that nothing is going to change until the Sox actually make some changes; that as long as theyre stuck in this fantasy world where they think all these issues will magically work themselves out, the clouds will only get more ominous and the problems will only grow deeper. We know its going to get worse before it gets better, and really, who wants to deal with that?

No one. But thats what fans do. We fight the urge to give up. To turn our backs on a team when there are so many valid reasons to do so. We say, "They're done! Toast! Time to turn our attention to the Pats and forget these guys ever existed!"

We say that, but we can never truly turn the page.

In the face of all this anger and apathy, we look at the schedule and still see ways that the Sox can still turn this around. We see them in sixth place in the wild card race behind Oakland, Detroit, Anaheim, Baltimore and Tampa but see plenty of opportunity to make up four and a half games over the next 53. We see nine games against Baltimore, six games a piece against Tampa and Anaheim, three games against Oakland and think, "Why can't they do it? Why can't they still make a run?"

And that just makes it all the more frustrating. It leaves us stuck in that same fantasy world as Lucchino, Henry and Co.; still somehow believing that this season is salvageable. The only difference is that those guys at Fenway Sports Group are willingly stuck in that dream.

Real fans don't have a choice.

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

Eduardo Rodriguez strong, Red Sox down Mariners for 5th straight win

Eduardo Rodriguez strong, Red Sox down Mariners for 5th straight win

BOSTON (AP)  Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six scoreless innings and the Boston Red Sox took advantage of a sloppy performance by the Seattle Mariners to earn their season-high fifth straight win, 3-0 on Friday night.

It was the third consecutive win for Rodriguez (4-1), who went six innings, gave up just five hits and struck out four while throwing a season-high 112 pitches. Craig Kimbrel earned his 13th save.

Rodriguez has pitched at least six innings in his last seven starts, going 4-0 in that span.

The only run support Rodriguez needed came in the second inning, when Hanley Ramirez scored on Josh Rutledge's RBI groundout. Boston added two more runs in the sixth, scoring on a wild pitch and passed ball.

Yovani Gallardo (2-5) took the loss. He lasted 5 1/3 innings, gave up seven hits and was responsible for all three of Boston's runs. Seattle has won just one of its last seven.

Meanwhile, Boston gave Rodriguez got lots of help from his defense. Jackie Bradley Jr. had a pair of nice plays, getting an outfield assist in the second and running down another ball on the warning track in the sixth.

In addition to the pitching miscues, the Mariners had all kinds of issues in the wet conditions, committing two fielding errors.

The Red Sox left 11 runners on base, leaving the door open for the Mariners to get back in the game. But Seattle couldn't capitalize, going 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position. The Mariners also left seven runners stranded.


Mariners: LHP James Paxton (strained left forearm) was slated to make a rehab start Friday night in Double-A Arkansas. He has been on the 10-day disabled list since May 5. He could be activated for a start at the end of the month against Colorado.

Red Sox: Infielder Marco Hernandez will be out the remainder of the season after undergoing stabilization surgery on his left shoulder on Friday. Hernandez was placed on the disabled list May 4 with a left shoulder misalignment. The 24-year-old hit .276 with two RBI in 21 games. ... A night after he left the game with left knee pain, 2B Dustin Pedroia was held out Friday for what manager John Farrell said was "precautionary reasons" because of the wet playing surface.


Mariners: RHP Rob Whalen (0-2, 4.09 ERA in Triple-A Tacoma) will be making his major league start since last season with Atlanta. He will be 12th different starting pitcher the Mariners have used this season.

Red Sox: LHP Brian Johnson (1-0, 7.20 ERA) will be making his second major league start this year and third of his career.


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Pedroia (knee) out of lineup again after leaving game early Thursday

Pedroia (knee) out of lineup again after leaving game early Thursday

Dustin Pedroia is out of the lineup again tonight after leaving the Red Sox game Thursday night with knee pain in the fifth inning.

Josh Rutledge will start at second base as the Sox open a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park.  

The weather and sloppy field conditions were a factor in John Farrell deciding to get Pedroia out of the game Thursday and conditions haven’t improved significantly Friday. 

Pedroia (.288, two homers, 21 RBI) had surgery on that knee in October. It's the same leg that was hurt when Manny Machado slid into Pedroia at second base in April, the slide that sparked the plunking war between the Orioles and Red Sox.

The full lineups: 

Jean Segura SS
Guillermo Heredia CF
Robinson Canó 2B
Nelson Cruz DH
Kyle Seager 3B
Danny Valencia 1B
Taylor Motter LF
Ben Gamel RF
Mike Zunino C

Yovanni Gallardo RHP

Mookie Betts RF
Andrew Benintendi LF
Xander Bogaerts SS
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Josh Rutledge 2B
Jackie Bradley Jr CF
Christian Vazquez C
Deven Marrero 3B

Eduardo Rodriguez LHP