It’s Too Early To Worry, Red Sox Fans
The beginning of this baseball season has not been very kind to the Boston Red Sox. The flu has run rampant through the clubhouse, and even the NESN broadcast booth and players have missed time for injury or personal reasons. Through six games, the Sox are 3-3 and honestly, that record is better than how they have played.
The team has not been able to hit the baseball much and when they have gotten runners on base, they’ve had trouble capitalizing on bringing them home. But you know what? You can’t judge this team yet. Obviously, you can’t really judge any team this early in the season because it is such a small sample size, but the Red Sox are even more of an extreme case this year.
Like I said, they’ve been depleted by a bunch of different circumstances and haven’t had their regular lineup out there for any game besides Opening Day. Guys like Marco Hernandez and Steve Selsky are getting more at bats than they should. So when you’re getting frustrated by how the team is playing, remember that they aren’t at close to full strength.
Xander Bogaerts missed the whole Detroit series on the bereavement list as he headed back to Aruba for personal reasons. He was supposed to be back today but his flight was delayed so he’ll need to make his return tomorrow. Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez have both missed time with the flu bug. Jackie Bradley Jr. has now hit the disabled list after injuring himself in yesterday’s game. Honestly, I’d bet a lot of players aren’t feeling so hot with the sickness in the clubhouse even if they haven’t actually sat down.
So while there are other problems right now, like the health of David Price and the unknown of what’s coming from Eduardo Rodriguez, Steven Wright, Drew Pomeranz and basically the whole bullpen, we need to pump the brakes. Many Sox fans are already clamoring for David Ortiz and while I agree and would love to have him back, give this team some time. At least wait until they show us what they have with a healthy club.