If the Red Sox’s losing continues, changes must be considered.
The Boston Red Sox are in fourth place in the mediocre American League East. For a team that has a lot of talent on the roster, being in this position is completely unacceptable. The pitching has been terrible and the offense is not far behind. If the losing persists, the organization should consider replacing manager John Farrell and general manager Ben Cherington.
John Farrell was brought to Boston in 2013 after the team finished last in the division in 2012. In 2013, the team won the World Series and Farrell played a big role in the team playing so well. He was a former Red Sox pitching coach and helped turn pitchers, like Jon Lester and John Lackey, into top of the rotation guys during their championship run. Since winning the World Series, the team’s progress has gone in reverse.
In 2014, the team finished in last place and, once again, had to build themselves back up. They needed a strong start to this season and have not gotten it. Farrell has made mistakes as a manager and they have become much more glaring given the way the team has played. For example, in a tie game, in the 9th inning, against the Mariners, he decided to pitch to one of the best hitters in baseball, Nelson Cruz, with a runner on second base. With first base open, the Red Sox pitched to Cruz and he hit a walk off single to win the game. Farrell immediately regretted the decision, but the damage was already done. He also let go of his pitching coach, Juan Nieves, because of how the staff has performed thus far. Now that the offense is struggling it would not surprise me if he looked at hitting coach, Chili Davis, for an explanation. At some point the blame needs to fall on the manager. He picked his coaches because he felt they were right for the job and if they are not, then he deserves blame. Being a former pitching coach one would think that he would be able to fix the rotation, but, so far, nothing has worked. If the losing continues the team should consider hiring a new leader in the clubhouse to help them right this ship before it sinks.
Ben Cherington has had ups and downs as the GM of the Red Sox. His successes started with signing guys like Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino, and Jonny Gomes, who all played a big role in the teams championship two years ago. Those signings will always be known as positives regardless of the fact that Gomes has since been traded, and the Napoli, Victorino duo have had below average starts to this season. Winning championships is what sports are all about and those signings should never be debated. Since then, Cherington has made a number of questionable moves, starting with the signing of Grady Sizemore two years ago. Sizemore struggled mightily and was traded to the Phillies later that season. Other questionable moves include trading Yoenis Cespedes for Rick Porcello, trading for Wade Miley, and signing Justin Masterson. These three players were supposed to help solidify the starting rotation and, as I mentioned before, that plan has not worked to this point. This past winter, Cherington had an average offseason. He did bring in two of the best hitters on the market, but he did not bring in a top of the rotation pitcher, and that combined with the other recent moves tells me that he is not getting the job done.
The fact that the Red Sox play in the American League East means they do have hope. They are four games under .500 and yet are within three games of first place which shows how bad the division is. If the team does not turn around this season, I believe the organization should look into replacing both Farrell and Cherington. All of the blame should not be put on them, but, at a certain point, a new voice is needed and both men have contributed to why the Red Sox are vastly underachieving.
Colby Gatz covers the Red Sox and Patriots for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @bostonfan_15https://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/red-soxs-losing-continues-changes-must-considered/AnalysisBaseballMLB#MLB,Boston Red Sox,John FarrellThe Boston Red Sox are in fourth place in the mediocre American League East. For a team that has a lot of talent on the roster, being in this position is completely unacceptable. The pitching has been terrible and the offense is not far behind. If the losing persists,...Colby GatzColby GatzCR.Gatz@yahoo.comEditorColby is a huge fan of the sports industry especially the NFL, NBA, and MLB. He has a strong passion for the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, and Bruins. Colby is majoring in Digital Arts and Sciences and is aspiring to be a sports web and graphic designer.MyFantasySportsTalk