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Did you know that the Boston Red Sox have the fourth-best offense in all of baseball? It's true. You can totally look it up if you don't believe us. That's a pretty good offense! It's just that the pitching is, well ... less than stellar. Only the Minnesota Twins have a higher team ERA, and considering Clay Buchholz is looking to avoid being the only pitcher in history to give up five runs or more in seven consecutive starts tonight, don't look for that ranking to be set in stone. It's officially gotten bad in Boston, as ace pitcher Josh Beckett was booed on Thursday night after bring lifted in the third inning. Is this as bad as it gets for the Red Sox?
Worst of the worst?
It seemed like the Red Sox had everything figured out a few weeks ago, but that was before they lost six straight games at home.
Who's to blame?
The Ben Cherington/Bobby Valentine era in Boston has not gotten off to a great start, but most of these starters were on the Red Sox before those two took over.
Clay Buchholz has a much higher ERA, but Beckett is the ace of the Red Sox franchise and an ostensible leader in the clubhouse.
Just a fluke?
A 5.29 ERA is awfully high for an entire pitching staff. Are the Red Sox just going through a teamwide slump?
You'd think that a major league team would be able to hold a nine-run lead after five innings, right? You evidently haven't met the current Boston Red Sox bullpen. Boston blew one such lead on Saturday against, let's face it, the worst team against whom they could possibly blow a lead. The Yankees left Boston having taken two from the Red Sox, leaving their rivals at 4-10 and wondering where it all went wrong. Bobby Valentine is taking the brunt of the criticism, but is it really his fault?
It's easy to point fingers at Bobby Valentine, but it's also tough to fault him for a bullpen which can't seem to get anybody out.
Daniel Bard's time as a starter did not last long -- he'll be available out of the bullpen as of today.
Playoffs still possible?
The Red Sox started badly last season and, despite a September collapse, still finished within one game of making the playoffs.