I brought proof, just in case you didn’t believe me:
After a 10 game losing streak, and in a game where Clay Buchholz had a decent outing by his 2014 standards — and by that I mean 3 IP, 6 ER, 12.00 WHIP — who else stepped up for the Red Sox and put the team on his back? This guy.
Big Papi went 1 for 3 with a walk and a run-scoring sac fly, and that hit was a 3 run bomb to tie the game at 6 in the 5th inning. Dustin Pedroia also had a huge hit right before Papi’s bomb to drive in runners on 2nd and 3rd. This felt like the 2013 World Series all over again, in that only David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia know how to hit a baseball. Actually, Brock Holt did well today, and he’s been one of the Sox’s biggest hitters in this terrible streak, which might be a problem.
The thing is, this lone game won’t mean much for the Sox if some of the stuff we saw today doesn’t change fast. Sure, they won, but Ortiz and Pedey won’t combine for 6 RBI every game, as awesome as they are. And opposing pitchers won’t always do their best Clay Buchholz impersonations by walking Sox hitters 47 times. (It was only 8 from the Braves today? Seemed like way more.)
Here’s the list of guys who are giving up at least half a run: Peavy, Doubront, Breslow, Mujica, Buchholz, and Buchholz again, because he’s been so atrocious that he needs to be mentioned a second time. That also has to change.
Napoli, Victorino, and Middlebrooks are all on the DL, also. Stuff has gotta change fast, even if they finally won today.