Boston Red Sox Fall To Orioles With The Sox Offense Continuing To Miss Oritz
Once again the Boston Red Sox offense failed to come through and help out the pitching staff. This time it came in a 4-2 loss against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.
The game actually started off pretty well for Boston with Jackie Bradley Jr. smoking a ball right out of the stadium to put the Red Sox up 2-0 at the time. Unfortunately for them though with the wet net in Baltimore knuckleballer Steven Wright came out and pitched a solid three innings before getting teed off upon in the fourth inning by giving up two monster home runs to make it a 4-2 ballgame.
Wright so far this season has been awful for the most part, posting an 8.66 ERA in four starts with his marquee knuckleball just not moving the right way for him so far.
“It’s just not really moving,” Wright told reporters. “It’s just moving down. It’s been a consistent movement, going down and in to guys, and that’s pretty much it. It’s not as unpredictable as it was last year before I got hurt. It’s something I definitely have been aware of. I’ve been trying to work on it and get the violence back to the pitch.”
Even with giving up four runs you would have liked to see the Red Sox offense battle back and try and give their pitching staff some sort of relief given the offense’s lack of production this season. But with their starting lineup have pieces missing every game since opening day that is a tough feat for this team to do in the post David Ortiz era.
A position that was filled from 2003-2016 by a future Hall of Famer has become one of the weakest parts of the lineup so far this season for Boston with Hanley Ramirez unable to drive the ball whatsoever.
The designated hitter doesn’t have any home runs, and just three doubles. After going 0-for-4 in the latest loss, his batting average stands at .211 with an OPS of .537. The only full-time designated hitter with worst production is Detroit’s, Victor Martinez. Maybe the shoulder injury that has prevented Hanley from playing first base is worse than initially thought and has affected his swing.
But to be frank, the offensive issue isn’t just a Ramirez problem at the moment. In the last four games, the Sox are just 3-for-26 with runners in scoring position. Given the fact they have some incredibly skilled offensive players on the team that is a really bad stat.
Boston Red Sox fans will continue to look at the doorway waiting the Big Papi to walk back through, but for better or worse this team will have to figure out its issues without the greatest clutch hitter the franchise has ever seen helping out.