Inside this edition of “Without a Curse,” Alex recaps a rather disappointing week for the Red Sox.
The club dropped two out of three games to the Yankees last week, as Jacoby Ellsbury led the way with a multitude of extra-base hits and stellar defensive plays.
It’s obvious that the Red Sox were going to miss Ellsbury this year. But the team likely won’t miss Ellsbury in the latter years of his seven-year, $153 million contract, which is why Ben Cherington didn’t overextend himself for his services last winter.
The Red Sox starting pitching and defense has largely been abominable over the last week, which is worrisome. It’s almost as if Clay Buchholz and Felix Doubront have served as walking advertisements as to why it’s imperative for the Red Sox to retain Jon Lester past this season.
Xander Bogaerts’ struggles defensively at shortstop shouldn’t come as a surprise, because many scouts believed that was the weak point in his game.
Still, Bogaerts’ misplays at shortstop illustrate that the Red Sox would’ve been better off signing Stephen Drew to play the position this year. There would’ve been more than enough at-bats to go around for Bogaerts, Drew and Middlebrooks.
Speaking of Middlebrooks, he and Shane Victorino returned to the lineup late last week. At the least, the two players should add some stability to the batting order.
The top of the Red Sox lineup has been atrocious this season, as the team’s lead-off hitters have gone 20-105. Victorino should help rectify that, and immediately improve the outfield defense.
Alex also recaps the series in Toronto over the weekend, and highlights the poor run support Lester has received thus far.
In the “Around the League” segment, Alex provides a closer look at the competitive AL East. No team has run away with the division in April, as injuries have seemingly affected every club.
Albert Pujols hit his 500th home run last week, and though it didn’t receive a lot of media coverage, the Angels have to be pleased that he is healthy and producing this season. There may be hope for that 10-year, $240 million contract after all.
Alex was troubled by Royals manager Ned Yost’s comments over the weekend about how he thinks relievers should be used. Apparently, he only wants to use closer Greg Holland in tie-games on the road that “matter.” Okay, then.
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