Sunday, August 9, 2009
So the Red Sox pulled off a trade to acquire one of baseball's better hitters in Victor Martinez at a position that has been under-producing over the past two seasons with Jason Varitek's decline as a hitter. They just made a waiver claim to fill their worst offensive position in Cristian Guzman at shortstop. For no fault of the front office, the Red Sox have lost five in a row and have been held scoreless in consecutive games. I still believe the Red Sox to be one of baseball's best teams, but they have been playing terrible baseball -- particularly on the offensive side of the ball. I have to point out that this is the first season that manager Terry Francona has had to juggle his players all over the diamond. There is so much depth to this roster, that there is a chance that the Red Sox offense has not gotten comfortable in their new setting. My reccommendation would be for Terry Francona to put the same lineup out there a couple of days in a row to see if they can get in a groove collectively and start supporting what has been relatively solid pitching.