No Cy Young for Joe Kelly

Way back before the season, Joe Kelly predicted he would win the Cy Young award. Back in February when it happened, I laughed like everyone else. The enthusiasm was great at the time, but even before this season started, I thought that it seemed unlikely. At his best, Joe Kelly is maybe a solid #3 starter, and it was unlikely he would compete with the elite starters in the AL. Then this season started, and any chance Kelly may have had vanished.

Kelly has a 2-5 record, and a  5.67 ERA. Not exactly Cy Young material. Last night’s start Joe Kellyagainst the Baltimore Orioles marked his second shortest start this season at 3 and 2/3 innings, allowing 5 runs and 8 hits (his shortest start was 5/25 against Minnesota) according to NESN. That begs the question: Are Joe Kelly’s days in the starting rotation number? John Farrell danced around the question when asked about it Wednesday night, telling NESN, “We haven’t had a chance to review all that,” Farrell said. “But we’re certainly well aware of some of the up-and-down path it’s been for Joe to this point.”

Given the way Kelly has been pitching this season, the shouts for him to lose his job have been getting louder, especially after last night’s dud. The Boston Herald suggests Brian Johnson (2.80 ERA, league high 69 strikeouts in 13 starts for AAA Pawtucket), and at this point, I say, “What do we have to lose?” For my part, I’m afraid to turn on a television whenever Joe Kelly is starting because I’m worried about when (not if, when) the implosion will happen, and I doubt I’m the only Red Sox fan that feels that way.
At this point, I’m thinking I could probably do a better job than Kelly. Maybe that’s an exaggeration, but it may be time to start looking at other options to fill Joe Kelly’s spot in the rotation as soon as possible, because keeping him there might be one of the worst things they could do right now.

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