Sunday, May 26, 2019

Groundhog Day: Red Sox Lose Again To Astros By 4-3 Score, Bullpen Fizzles

(Getty Images)
Craig Kimbrel is still out there. And yet, despite deceptively good bullpen numbers, your 2019 Boston Red Sox need him. A good example of why was yesterday's gut-wrenching 4-3 loss to Houston—the second straight day they have fallen by that exact same score. This time, the team came back from 2-0 and 3-1 deficits to ultimately blow the game in the bottom of the ninth—thanks to the inability of Matts Barnes to get a single out. Now, leaving a small central Asian nation on the basepaths doesn't help—but, come on, this closer-free bullpen cannot sustain a championship run. Heck, they'll be lucky to stay above .5000 much longer. After David Price left in the first inning due to flu-like symptoms, Boston relievers coughed up all four Houston runs. The offense was paced by: Rafael Devers (3-4, R); Christian Vazquez (1-2, 2 RBIs); Michael Chavis (2-4, 2 R) and Andrew Benintendi (2-4, RBI). Boston is now 7.5 games behind the streaking Evil Ones.