Tomase: The Red Sox Suddenly Aren’t Just Bad, They’re Embarrassing originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
For an organization that has spent the last decade fighting between first and last place, the Red Sox continue to find ways to disgust us.
They entered July firmly in control of the wildcard race. They’re about to end August so ridiculously out of the picture that they yell, “Play with the kids!” are largely meaningless, because outside of first baseman Triston Casas, the kids are already here, starting three out of five games.
What started as a slide into irrelevance is now an avalanche, and God only knows what it will be like at the base of the mountain. What is indisputable is that the Red Sox have become nearly unwatchable, with Tuesday’s 9-3 loss to the Blue Jays just the latest example of their sudden ineptitude.
All this happened in the same game:
First baseman Franchy Cordero failed to touch a George Springer pop-up that started the night. Cordero tracked him in short right field, slapped his glove on his thigh in preparation for the nonchalant grip… and then saw him leap a foot beyond his reach into foul territory. Why are we still seeing him play at first base again while Casas practically hits for the cycle in Syracuse?
Old friend Jackie Bradley, making his first appearance at Fenway Park as a visitor just three weeks after being released, recorded two hits, including a double gift when left-back Tommy Pham jumped the left-field wall and let Bradley’s liner crash. in your glove. Acquired to add some strength to the lineup while playing in representative left field, Pham missed a number of balls out there. This one cost him the rest of the game as he came out clinging to his side. He will miss Wednesday’s game with a bad back.
Bradley’s punch looked harmless enough, especially after the right-handed Josh Winckowski retired the dangerous Springer and Vladimir Guerrero to the ground. But he netted a tying one-two for Lourdes Gurriel with a 1-2 count, led Alejandro Kirk on four pitches, served a single RBI to Teoscar Hernandez, carried bases in a single for Bo Bichette and finally walked in a run before be mercifully lifted up.
Things didn’t get better from there. Southpaw Austin Davis was called up to face the two southpaws at the bottom of Toronto’s order and allowed a single to Cavan Biggio before walking out with Bradley. If you’re thinking, “Uh-oh,” you have good instincts. Springer cleared the bases with a triple that Rob Refsnyder missed in the dive by a good two feet. Goodbye 1-0 lead, hello 8-1 deficit and good night Irene.
The game ended with catcher Reese McGuire on the mound, and he delivered by far the most efficient entry of the night, pulling out the side on seven pitches, most of them 55 mph sliders.
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All of this is enough to make you wonder how they expect us to keep watching. Third baseman Rafael Devers is clearly playing injured, his hamstring turning Monster’s top balls into singles. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts recently admitted to the Boston Globe that he had cortisone shots in his wrist and shoulder, and also left Tuesday’s game with back spasms.
Right-hander Nathan Eovaldi and first baseman Eric Hosmer were placed on the injured list ahead of the game. Second baseman Trevor Story, nearest Tanner Houck and reliever Tyler Danish are already there. Don’t even tell us about Chris Sale.
JD Martinez has no pop, the bullpen has no one else in front of Garrett Whitlock now that John Schreiber has finally collapsed under the weight of all this high leverage use, and his playoff odds have dropped to 1.9%, which frankly looks like high.
The 2022 season may never have been one of great promise, but we had no reason to think it was headed for absolute disaster, and yet here we are. The whipping continues.