I leave town for three days and everything in Boston sports news seems to hit the fan. Come on people, I went away to do some good, charitable work, and Clay Buchholz is on hold for what seems to be the indefinite future. Jon Lester gave us a scare on Thursday night. Meanwhile, Koji Uehara has been named closer and Brandon Snyder got the call up to Boston. And that’s just the Red Sox. Don’t get me started about the Celtics and the Patriots. Thanks Aaron Hernandez for making “chicken-and-beer-gate” look like, well, chicken [bleep]. I was gone for three days.
Are we in trouble? I’m not sure just yet. On paper things look promising. In personnel, and in practice, they are in progress. Now is the time for the players to pull together and prove that the strength of this team is their most valuable asset. The former minor league players need to make the most of their promotions, too. These players must make good because my journalistic integrity is on the line. Oh, helping the Sox earn an American League East title would be nice, too.
Pitching poses a greater concern than ever. What do we have left? A few of the starting five, especially Ryan Dempster, are only successful when the offense is hot. Felix Doubront runs hot and cold. Saturday he seemed solid, but the bats didn’t back him up. If it’s not one thing, it’s another. John Farrell is very crafty, so I am sure he will come up with a winning pitching strategy.