It took more than two months, but there may finally be a reason for Red Sox fans to start fidgeting.Umm, no. Despite four straight losses (and only one win in the last seven games), Boston has the best record in baseball (37-21) and the largest division lead (9 GA) in the majorts. Among all 30 teams, the Sox are 3rd in run scored and tied for 3rd in fewest runs allowed.
Still ... something's going on.
Amalie Benjamin, Globe:
It's been a long time since I've walked into the Red Sox clubhouse after a game and found it like it was tonight.Ortiz:
Silent and solemn.
It seems like everything changed after the travel we had to do (to get) here. The intensity. The little stuff. It's not there. It's a different feeling. We don't have the intensity we normally have. That's my view. A lot of guys are trying, but it's not coming together.MLB.com's Rick Eymer highlights Julio Lugo's stolen bases in his Red Sox notebook. The headline states that Lugo has been "providing [a] spark at the top" of the Boston lineup. Lugo:
I'm producing well. I know my average (.225) will be there. I'm getting hits when it counts. I'm making contact; I'm just not hitting the ball where I want.If you want to keep deluding yourself, Julio, go right ahead. But the facts don't agree with you. The serious underachieving shortstop has an on-base percentage of .282 -- the worst of the starters. His OPS+ is 59. Doug Mirabelli's is 54. Forget foot speed for a minute -- do you want a hitter as productive [sic] as Mirabelli leading off?
It's time to stop giving Lugo the most plate appearances of anyone on the team. How about this lineup (with OBP and OPS+ (100 is league average)?
Youkilis .427 154
Pedroia .399 125
Ortiz .443 171
Ramirez .380 123
Lowell .382 147
Varitek .370 117
Drew .344 75
Lugo .282 59
Crisp .290 60