By Matt Noonan
What’s going on with this team? Seriously, what’s up, Red Sox?
Over the past few weeks, Boston fans have watched their local-nine drop from first to second place, as well as lose series against the New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays.
On Monday, general manager Theo Epstein made an appearance on WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan show and stated the following:
“As much as this seems like a massive problem, this is also a tremendous opportunity. We have a tremendous opportunity to respond for the second time in one regular season to a stretch of horrendous play with great opportunity ahead beyond that. If we can right the ship, and we will, not only will we be where we want to be at the end of the regular season, but we’re going to have great momentum heading into the postseason.”
Yet, despite Epstein’s optimistic outlook, he also has a team that’s lacking toughness and stability. In the past week, they were fortunate enough to secure one win, but lost both series to the Jays and Rays. Also, according to some sources, J.D. Drew has a broken finger, which isn’t great news, right?
On another note, the Sox pitching staff is a mess. They’re ailing, as well as hoping that Josh Beckett can return before the season concludes. ESPNBoston.com reported on Sunday evening that Beckett was scheduled to throw off the Fenway Park mound on Monday and could return to the rotation as soon as Thursday (9/15).
Currently, the Sox are trailing the Yankees in the American League East division by 3½ games, and are leading the Rays in the Wild Card by 3½. The Sox final home stand begins Tuesday, as they welcome the Jays, Rays and Orioles to town before finishing off their season on the road in New York and Baltimore.