Boston Laments Missed Opportunites
Boston Red Sox: 9-9
The Boston Red Sox suffered offensively this week. While the hits were there, they failed to capitalize on them.
The Red Sox scored barely 40% of the time with runners in scoring position. This deficiency was pronounced more by weak outings from the rotation, including a rough home opener that saw David Price chased off in the 4th inning.
Over his first four starts of the season, former the former Blue Jay has allowed 17 earned runs in just 21.2 innings, racking up the strikeouts along the way but sitting with an ugly 7.06 ERA.
Their dominant bullpen also gave the Red Sox the worst week of the season thus far, all culminating in a disappointing week that was well under .500.
Boston had their share of injury problems as Xander Bogaerts suffered a scary hit-by-pitch on Friday. Additionally, they had starter Joe Kelly placed on the 15-day DL, further weakening an already shaky back end to their rotation.
The Red Sox will hope that their rotation can not only bounce back, but weather two injured starters at once in the coming weeks. Their bullpen is dominant, but they can only contain so much damage control.
The Sox pitching will be their key to success, or defeat, in the coming weeks.
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