High anxiety in Boston
The Rays four-game sweep has Boston in a panic. ESPN's Baseball Tonight did a segment Monday night asking what's wrong with the Red Sox. This story in the Boston Globe quotes Sox owner John Henry saying, "Of course I'm concerned. We can't dig ourselves too deep a hole. The Yankees and Rays are so strong.'' The story also lays out the problems and possible solutions.
And the problems are many. With Big Papi struggling for about a year now and Manny Ramirez in Los Angeles, there is a giant hole in the middle of the Red Sox order. The starting pitching is struggling. And the defense was atrocious against the Rays. But let's not start shopping for shovels just yet to bury to the Red Sox. Rays manager Joe Maddon is right. The Rays hit the Sox at the right time and, eventually, the Red Sox will go on a hot streak because that's what they do. They have too much talent to continue to struggle. But you have to ask: were the Red Sox overrated to start the season? Are they not as good as everyone thought?
In the A.L. East, one bad month can sink a team. Just look at the Rays last season. They started 11-16 and really were never a factor in the division the rest of the season. The Red Sox can't help but worry the same thing will happen to them this season.