It’s been a tough start to the 2019 campaign for the Boston Red Sox.
Obviously the Red Sox have been struggling to start off the season – which may be an understatement. Pitchers, and potentially the organization, are blaming it on Blake Swihart, which they won’t admit. In a knee-jerk reaction, it led to the removal of Swihart from the 40 man roster and effectively ending his tenure with Boston. While being a more productive hitter than Sandy Leon, the organization went with the game management aspect of Leon’s game.
There’s no denial of Leon’s defensive prowess, but he leaves a giant hole in the batting order. To be fair, Christian Vazquez isn’t much better – hitting a putrid .195 to begin the season. In my opinion, this was not an effective move for the Red Sox.
Jackie Bradley Jr. has been awful at the plate this season. Which is expected from him, but it’s getting frustrating to watch on a night-to-night basis. He broke out in the ALCS against the Houston Astros, which led to an abundance of hype throughout the offseason. However, it’s been more of the same in 2019, leading to more J.D. Martinez in the outfield and less defensive ability on the field.
While JBJ represents offensive frustration, his defense usually makes up for it.
As I said about a year ago, Dustin Pedroia should retire. He is no longer the dominant force at the plate this season and it’s showing. Even though Pedey was my favorite player growing up, I’m no longer going to be a Pedroia hugger. There are young talents within the organization (see Chavis, Michael) that are waiting in the wings to leave their mark in Boston and it’s only a matter of time before that happens.
It’s time for him to hang up the spikes. Time to take a nice vacation with your family, relax for a year and see if you would want to become a coach in the league.
Saying that it’s been a frustrating start to the 2019 campaign may be an understatement, but here’s hoping that the Red Sox can turn things around and march towards an AL East rebound.