Saturday, May 9, 2015

Can replacing your pitching coach fix a struggling offense?

On Friday, a rare appearance on base for Allen Craig
ended in a double play.
The Red Sox fired pitching coach Juan Nieves on Thursday (they replaced him with a guy named Carl Willis, who was the Indians' Triple-A pitching coach).  Boston's pitching has been terrible, but in my mind that's not the issue--I expected the starters to be bad (or at best mediocre).

On the other hand, the Sox offense is supposed to be spectacular.  It's not.  Not even close.  Boston's team batting average heading into today's game is .234, tied for 23rd out of 30 MLB teams.  In their last seven games, the Red Sox have scored 2, 2, 5, 1, 2, 3 and 0 runs.

Apologies for the typo (just), but you get the gist.  Last night they got two hits.

I'm not panicking yet, but it's silly to blame the pitching.  Check out my Three Biggest Takeaways from the First Month of the Red Sox's Season on Bleacher Report.


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