The Red Sox fell 6-4 at Fenway Park to the Toronto Blue Jays to extend their losing-streak to six games behind another disappointing performance by starting pitcher Clay Buchholz.
What is wrong with Buchholz? That is a great question. He has lost control of his breaking stuff, and his fastball is lacking the dynamic movement that has helped him baffle hitters during the first half of seasons for the last two years. I trust John Farrell to work out the kinks, but we are in mid-May and nearing a time where Clay ends up on the DL (fine we are about 2 month from that).
While we can worry about Buchholz all day, the 1-for-15 performance by Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, and Jonny Gomez in the middle of the lineup isn’t the best formula for success for any team. Xander Bogaerts may be moving to third base with the signing of Stephen Drew this week, but he continues to show that he is the shortstop of the future and Will Middlebrooks may be looking for a new job come 2015.
So what seemed to be a pretty stable environment in Boston, in terms of lineup and rotation, is more rocky than anyone in the Nation could have imagined. The starters have hit a wall (with the exception of Jon Lester and some of John Lackey), and the offense is in a drought that makes the state of California look like Action Park-Mountain Creek.
Boston returns to action against Toronto tonight and will look to snap this skid that last year’s team would have bearded there way out of quickly.