Sox need a break and so do we


Sox need a break and so do we

The All-Star Break is upon us, and the Red Sox are at .500.

Isn't that just perfect? That after 86 games and three long, conflicted months, the Sox finished the first "half" in the same place they were before this insanity started. No better. No worse. All the more frustrating.

Of course, that's just on paper. In reality, the Sox are much worse off today than they were on April 5. Since Opening Day, Carl Crawford has picked up two new injuries without setting foot on Fenway's field. Jacoby Ellsbury messed up his shoulder and we still don't know if he'll make anything of this season. On top of that, there are no guarantees that Dustin Pedroia's thumb or Josh Beckett's shoulder will make it through the year. Youk's gone, and his replacement's already hurt. David Ortiz gets pissier by the day and Jon Lester isn't far behind. Meanwhile, these days Adrian Gonzalez is a singles hitter who's at risk to miss Yankees games with a head cold.

Every fear we had about this team before the season has come to fruition, and then some. Of course, the year hasn't been without a few high points the general success of the bullpen, Jarrod Saltalamacchia's emergence, the guy with the paper bag over his head but for the most part it's been a miserable experience. Everyone from the owners to the front office to the manager to the players to the media to the fans just seems so fed up with everything having to do with this team.

And really, this whole business of constantly lingering around .500 makes it worse. At this point, I think we're ready for this team to just turn the corner or keel over and die. If they're good, fine they're good! If they suck, fine they suck! Figure out a way to make it better.

Instead, they're just inconsistent. They have stretches where you truly believe that the best case-scenario is possible . . . followed by weeks of the most disgusting brand of baseball you've seen since last September. Rinse and repeat. Then wash your eyes out with acid.

It's enough already. At least for now. I don't know about you, but I could use a break. Maybe more than the players could. So with that, enjoy your few days off from the maddening Sox soap opera.

I know I will.

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Pomeranz gives up three runs in Red Sox loss to Blue Jays

Pomeranz gives up three runs in Red Sox loss to Blue Jays

Starter Drew Pomeranz gives up three runs on five hits in four innings of work in the Red Sox' 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays on Friday.

Lou Merloni breaks down Pomeranz's start and explains why he should be in the starting rotation to begin the season.

Sox' lack of homegrown starters an understandable problem to Yanks' Cashman

Sox' lack of homegrown starters an understandable problem to Yanks' Cashman

The dearth of homegrown starting pitching for the Red Sox is talked about almost as much as every Tom Brady post on Instagram.

Red Sox fans may take some solace in knowing their team isn’t the only one dealing with this problem.

In an interview with's Mark Feinsand, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman didn’t talk about his team’s pitching problems in context of the Red Sox. But the explanation the longtime Yanks boss offered should sound familiar. 

In the biggest of markets, time to develop properly is scarce.

“Yeah. It's a fact,” Cashman said when asked if criticism of their pitching development was fair. “I think part of the process has been certainly where we draft. Because we've had a lot of success, we've not been allowed to tank and go off the board and therefore get access to some of the high-end stuff that plays out to be impactful. Part of it is we can't get out of our own way because we don't have the patience to let guys finish off their development, because if you possess some unique ability that stands out above everybody else -- whether it was Joba Chamberlain, Ian Kennedy, now [Luis] Severino and before that [Bryan] Mitchell and Shane Greene -- we're pulling them up before their development is finished.

“Teams like Tampa Bay, for instance, they're going to wait until they have their four pitches down and their innings limits are all exceeded at the minor-league level; they're very disciplined in that approach as they finish off their starters. For us, if I'm looking at my owner and he says, ‘What's our best team we can take north?’ 

“Well, ‘We could take this guy; he's not necessarily 100 percent finished off, but we can stick him in our 'pen. He can be in the back end of our rotation, because he's better than some of the guys we already have,’ and then you cut corners, so I think that probably plays a role in it.”

Not everything is circumstantial, though -- or a deflection. 

“And sometimes we don't make the right decisions, either, when we're making draft selections and signings and stuff like that,” Cashman continued. “On top of it all, playing in New York is a lot different than playing anywhere else.”

We’ve heard that last part about Boston too, here and there.

Cashman was complimentary of his current Sox counterpart, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, whose team Cashman has compared to the Golden State Warriors.

On his feelings when he first heard the Sox were getting Chris Sale:

“When that trade was consummated, that was the first thing I thought about, which was, 'Wow, look at what they've done,' ” Cashman said. “I know how it's going to play out for them. Listen, Steve Kerr does a great job managing that team -- oh, I mean John Farrell. It's a lot of talent and with talent comes pressure to perform. I think Dave Dombrowski has done everything he possibly can to provide that city with a world championship team. They've got 162 games to show it.”