John Farrell Needs to Go

I’m still baffled by some of the choices that John Farrell has made recently. In the first game of the series with Chicago last week, the Red Sox loaded the bases with no outs. Here was a chance to overcome a deficit and win the game. What did Farrell do? Instead of inserting an experienced hitter, he put Ryan LaMarre in to pinch hit. Many fans like me  scratched our heads as we tried to recall who LaMarre is. It disappointed me to see that LaMarre hadn’t even had an at-bat all season. Of course, the Red Sox blew the game. As the White Sox took the game in ten innings, all I could think was that John Farrell needs to go.

John Farrell’s only real highlight in his career is the 2013 World Series victory. John Farrell Needs2014 and 2015 saw the Red Sox finish dead last in the American League East. Half way before finishing in the cellar for the second year straight, it became clear that the Red Sox didn’t have a problem with its players. Their problem was with its manager.

Half way during the 2015 season in August, Farrell was diagnosed with stage 1 lymphoma. Farrell took a leave of absence and thankfully recovered. Bench coach Tory Lovullo took his place. Under Lovullo, the Red Sox scored 37 runs in their first two games and went on to record a .636 winning percentage through September. Farrell’s previous winning percentage of .439 paled in comparison. Owner John Henry should have known then that something was wrong. No one noticed that the bench coach increased the team’s victories by 20%? Also, Farrell continues to insert Clay Buchholz into the rotation. It’s clear that the right-hander is no longer an asset to the team (He’s 3-8 with a 5.90 ERA!). If this doesn’t signal that John Farrell needs to go I don’t know what does.

Right now, the Red Sox are like a bus with a few flat tires controlled by an oblivious driver who thinks that the tires will fix themselves. Not only is it time to change those tires (release Buchholz) but more importantly, it’s time to change drivers. With that said, John Farrell needs to go.

Clay Buchholz Disabled List Day

Clay Buccholz Disabled List Day—an annual tradition in which we see Buccholz show signs of why many could consider him a top of the rotation guy. But then, out of nowhere…BAM! Off to another stint on the disabled list. Let’s take a walk down memory Disabled List Boundlane shall we?

2008: 15-day DL: Right fingernail tear (blister); Games missed: 16

2010: 15-day DL: Left hamstring strain; Games missed: 18

2011: 60-day DL: Low back stress fracture; Games missed: 93

2012: 15-day DL: Esophagitis (apparently he doesn’t take his Pepcid AC); Games missed: 20

2013: 60-day DL: Right shoulder bursitis (neck strain); Games missed: 82

2014: 15-day DL: Left knee hyper-extension; Games missed: 28

2015: 15-day DL: Strained flexor muscle in his right elbow; Games missed: Remainder of the season

Cy Young Candidate…off to the disabled list.

It was only 3 years ago when in 2013, Potential Cy Young Award leader Buchholz was 9-0 on the season with a league leading 1.71 ERA. Amazing right? But, wait, spoiler alert! He ended up on the DL retroactive to June 9th.

Now correct me if I’m wrong, but if you have a pitcher who’s consistently injured on a what seems to be year round basis, why the hell is he still with this team? For starters, his contract. Buchholz had a $13 million dollar club option for 2016 that Dave Dombrowski chose to renew. For a pitcher (when healthy) who has shown the ability to not only win, but pitch effectively, the upside is worth the $13 million dollar contract.

Personally, I love Buchholz. I love him so much that for some odd reason I hold out hope that he will some day become the Ace of the Red Sox. I hold out hope that he will win the coveted Cy Young Award. Hell, I even hold out hope that he’ll throw another no-hitter like he did in 2007. But, then I come back down to reality and realize none of those things are never, ever, ever going to happen.

I’m sure many of those in Red Sox Nation would agree with me that the Clay Buchholz who we thought was going to be a superstar in Boston is long gone and that we are now left to watch a kid who had so much talent literally wilt away a few weeks into the season. Clay’s going to go out onto that mound every 5th day and compete, maybe throw 6,7 even 8 quality innings and get a few wins under his belt. But, Clay is also going to somehow end up with a pulled shoulder, a blister, or another bout of heartburn and end up on the good ol’ DL train. And this time around I don’t foresee that train ever coming back into Fenway Park station after the 2016 season.

So Clay, here’s to you! I hope nothing but the best for you this year, but I also hope this is the last year I have to see you in a Red Sox uniform.