June 1, 2015

G52: Twins at Red Sox, PPD.

Twins   -
Red Sox - 
Tonight's game has been postponed due to rain.

It will be played on Wednesday at 1:35 PM as a split-admission, day-night doubleheader.

Tuesday: Clay Buchholz
Wednesday Game 1: Eduardo Rodriguez
Wednesday Game 2: Rick Porcello
Thursday: Steven Wright
Clay Buchholz / Mike Pelfrey

Now I know no one bothers to click the B-Ref link with the starting pitchers' names. I forgot to change MIN to TEX for the entire four-game Rangers series - and (apparently) no one noticed!

Only three regulars finished May with an on-base percentage over .300: Mike Napoli (.361), Dustin Pedroia (.344) and Xander Bogaerts (.309). The rest of the lineup: Mookie Betts (.296), Brock Holt (.294), David Ortiz (.287), Hanley Ramirez (.286), Blake Swihart (.257), and Pablo Sandoval (.242).

Besides the inability to get on base, the Red Sox have suffered a season-long power outage. Their team slugging percentage is only .369, next-to-last in the American League (only the White Sox are worse (.354)), and 28th among the 32 MLB teams. The Red Sox are dead last in the AL in doubles and 13th (of 15) in total bases.

Gordon Edes, ESPNBoston:
Folks around here, having endured the harshest of winters, are in no mood to have their summer spoiled, too, by a baseball team currently dedicated to the proposition that there are no limits to how badly it can underperform.

The Red Sox enter June only four games out of first place in the American League East, a standing that says nothing of how poorly they've played (a majors-worst run differential of minus-48) ...

The "off with their heads" crowd is growing increasingly restless. Any grace period Farrell earned with a World Series title in 2013 has long since dissipated. General manager Ben Cherington, whose résumé bears both last-place finishes, is looking at a train wreck of an offseason, one designed to restore the Sox to contention that has fallen far short. ...

This cannot stand.

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