Friday, July 25, 2014

With Sixty Games Left, Red Sox Hopes Are Slim

Time To Clean House?
They are 6.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot. They have scored 31 fewer runs than they have given up. To reach 90 wins, they would have to go 43-17 the rest of the way. They are a .500 team at home. So, what is it that gives anyone hope that the 2104 Carmine Hose have any shot at the post-season? The honest answer is: nothing. This team is actually worse than 2012's 'Dysfunction Junction' crew. Believe it or not, after 102 games, Bobby Valentine's minions were 51-51—four games better than this year's record. So, even if Boston sweeps the Rays at the MostPulpDome this weekend, there is very little hope. It's time to face reality and deal away some of the flotsam and jetsam for anything we can get. At a minimum, that means shipping out some combination of Jonny Gomes, Jake Peavy, Craig Breslow and Mike Carp. Ben Cherington should also consider dealing Andrew Miller, David Ross, and Daniel Nava. And—if the return is good enough—deals should also be considered for Koji Uehara, John Lackey and (if they're not going to re-sign him) even Jon Lester. Also, if the rumored Giancarlo Stanton deal is real (Will Middlebrooks, Jackie Bradley, Jr. and two to three prospects), that should also be seriously considered. Apparently, 2013 was an aberration—not a sustainable model. As such, it's time to clean house, restructure and take a new course.