Like most Red Sox fans, general manager Ben Cherington is at a loss to explain the team’s latest slide, a three-game sweep at the hands of the last-place Cubs at Fenway Park that came on the heels of an encouraging series victory in the Bronx.
“I think we all felt like we had a chance to maybe start building some momentum and it just didn’t happen,” Cherington said Thursday in an interview on Boston sports radio station WEEI.
Wednesday’s 16-9 loss dropped them nine games under .500, tied for the low-water mark for the season, and 8 1/2 games behind the first place Blue Jays in the AL East. Still, Cherington isn’t ready to concede the season, though he sounded Thursday like he was getting closer to that point.
“We’re just trying to figure out the next right decision, honestly,” he said. “We know this is not where we want to be. If it’s going to get better, it’s got to get better quickly. We’re just focused on that. Everyone’s on board trying to do the same thing.”
With just under a month before the July 31 trade deadline, the Red Sox are running out of time to make their run. If things get much worse, they could turn from buyers into sellers in the midseason swap-fest.
Cherington, who said he met with team president Larry Lucchino on Wednesday, still has a rosy outlook for the club in the long term even as the season continues to slip away.
“All the reasons why we’re so optimistic about the future in the bigger picture are still there,” Cherington said, “but we haven’t been able to take care of the present the way we need to. We need to be better.”