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Panic time? Red Sox 0-4

Posted on: April 5, 2011 10:20 pm
By Matt Snyder

So it's time for everyone to start piling on the Red Sox. After all, nothing inspires venom across 29 other fan bases than one getting picked by a majority of the writers and analysts before the season begins. Thus, when the Red Sox lost to the Indians Tuesday night, the 0-4 record next to their name had to make many baseball fans quite giddy.

Tuesday, it was Josh Beckett's turn to play stopper. While he wasn't awful, he was hardly effective. He needed 106 pitches just to finish the fifth inning, walking four batters while allowing five hits and three earned runs. He did strike out four. One of the things that jumped out to me was that he wasn't really trusting his stuff -- at least it didn't seem that way. His fastball was sitting around 90, so maybe he wasn't confident in his ability to get it by people. Regardless, there were far too many 3-2 counts, even to guys he ended up retiring. And if he was lacking confidence in his stuff, it's hard to blame him. Many of the outs were hit really hard and three of the five hits he coughed up were of the extra-base variety.

Of course, the bullpen did close the door and the Red Sox lost 3-1. So are we going to sit here and blame the starting pitcher when the offense was handcuffed by Josh Tomlin? Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez were each 0-4. Marco Scutaro failed to collect a hit and is 0-11 on the season. Collectively, the team only had one extra-base hit and five total hits. They did draw five walks, so there's that.

The good news for Boston is there are 158 games remaining in baseball's marathon of a regular season. The bad news is the least reliable pitcher on the staff -- Daisuke Matsuzaka -- is throwing Wednesday and that another loss might start to mentally tug at the club with sky-high expectations.

Hey, cheer up Red Sox fans, at least you aren't alone. The Brewers started 0-4, while the Rays and Astros are presently also sitting with the same mark.

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Since: Nov 26, 2008
Posted on: April 6, 2011 9:26 am

Panic time? Red Sox 0-4

As a Red Sox Die hard.... no, not time to panic but  I will say...... I am not a big fan of their new pitching coach and what seems to be the problem to start the season... pitching!   I knew  Carl Crawford was not going to make the big splash this year.. why ???, Well, every ballplayer that is in a contract year, tends to fizzle when they get the "big" payday. Also, he had absolutely no worries in Tampa.... in Beantown, he will be under the microscope 24x7.....  Losing now is not a big deal...  I think this weekend will be the true signal because they host NY and will go to the Orioles at the end of the month....  They need to take care of business within the Division ....  we really did not handle texas well last year as well but it is still no excuse of getting our doors blown off the opening series.    Watch Dice K roll tonight...

Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: April 6, 2011 9:00 am

Panic time? Red Sox 0-4

If they are 10 down at the all star break then its time to panic. They will win the division just keep watching

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: April 6, 2011 7:02 am

Panic time? Red Sox 0-4

What's going on with CARL CRAWFORD? He's supposed to be my fantasy 5 tool all-star dammitttttttttt

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: April 6, 2011 6:33 am

Panic time? Red Sox 0-4

You do know the '85 Cards are the ONLY team to ever get to the World Series after starting 0-4, not to mention, the Red Sox have not amounted to much at season's end when they have a ~.500 April? But hey, keep your hopes up. It is only 5 4 games in like you say.

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: April 6, 2011 4:33 am

Panic time? Red Sox 0-4

I was waiting until a journalist even put the word "panic" in a Red Sox article after the first few games.  Do you know how many times the Red Sox and Yankees have started horribly and then completely flipped the switch and go on to win the AL East?  For fuck's sake, do you understand the significance of 5 games at the start of the season?  They may matter later, but not if they make up for it in strides and, knowing this team's potential, doesn't seem like such a hard thing to imagine.

I have to say though, you gotta get these games while you are healthy.  Knockonwood.

They'll turn it around.  Maybe even tomorrow.

Since: Nov 29, 2008
Posted on: April 6, 2011 2:14 am

Panic time? Red Sox 0-4

Guess what? Red Sox have 0 pitching and low offense!

Since: Nov 29, 2008
Posted on: April 6, 2011 2:12 am

Panic time? Red Sox 0-4

difernt team DUMMY!

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: April 6, 2011 1:06 am

Panic time? Red Sox 0-4

don't be mad you'll be in the cellar this year jays fan! :)

Since: May 7, 2007
Posted on: April 6, 2011 12:59 am

Panic time? Red Sox 0-4

Who wins  it all with questionable starting pitching? How does Gonzalez and Crawford make a team better that lost a Lowell, Beltre and Martinez? I think the Red Sox bullpen might be ok, but Papelbon does not and has not looked too good for awhile. It's going to be a rollercoaster ride in the AL East.

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: April 6, 2011 12:28 am

Panic time? Red Sox 0-4

Screw the Orioles.....GO JAYS!

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