They signed Carl Crawford to a huge free agent deal in the offseason. They traded for Adrian Gonzalez and later gave him a huge deal.
Boston looked forward to a year where offensive studs Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis could last at least 85% of the season to pair with Crawford and Gonzalez. “This is going to be the second coming of Murderers’ Row” experts crowed, especially given the so-so pitching staff of the Yankees.
The Red Sox were supposed to be not only the runaway favorites in the AL East, but the favorites to win the World Series.
My beloved New York Yankees won the AL East (again).
The Red Sox’ wild-card lead slipped to 2 1/2 games over the Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Below Hollywood Near Long Beach.
The Red Sox pitching is arguably worse than the Yankees. Dice-K is gone, and John Lackey (family issues and all) is downright sucking.
Youkilis is out for an extended period of time.
Everybody in Boston is doing their best Chicken Little impression right about now: “The sky is falling!!!”
Look Sox fans, as much as it pains me to say it, but you guys should make it to the postseason. Your team is way to talented and experienced to fail when it matters the most.
Having said that, the Red Sox better get it together fast. Otherwise, Theo Epstein may not want to go outside for a while…