Red Sox Struggle at the Top
The Red Sox struggled as much as the Yankees did this week. Because of it, they remain tied at the top of the division. They managed a win a piece against the Royals and the Angels. The Red Sox will get the chance to set things right against the strong Twins and struggling Blue Jays this week.
The Red Sox rotation has once again failed to find consistency as their bats have been largely silent as well. Rick Porcello had a strong performance but joined Sale as the only two winners of the week. David Price was fine but didn’t factor into the decision that he left early from due to a finger injury. Boston also retired David Ortiz‘ now legendary #34 just a year after his retirement.
The Red Sox made active attempts to bolster the weak parts of their team this week. Boston plucked Doug Fister off of waivers. Where Fister will fit into the rotation after Eduardo Rodriguez returns from the DL is uncertain. If he is performing well, the Red Sox will likely keep him at the back end of the rotation as an inning eater.
The oft-injured Pablo Sandoval will also have competition for Third once he returns from the DL. Boston signed former Cardinal Jhonny Peralta and assigned him to Triple-A. Despite performance issues, Peralta represents a healthy option at a position the Red Sox have little depth at.
While the Red Sox struggled as much as the Yankees, they made active steps to right the ship. Yet their additions will lead to competition as key players return from the DL eager to resume starting duties.