The story probably has been told before. The Boston Red Sox long run of success seems like it’s coming to an abrupt end. Plenty of issues surround the Red Sox as of May 21st, the Tampa Rays are in first place and playing the kind of ball the Sox used to play. Injuries and age have crept up on the Sox, and this could be the beginning to the end for their run of success.
The run of recent accomplishments by the Sox seem to be waning. Yes, they did win it all in 2007, but the following year in 2008, which the Phillies won the World Series, the Sox lost a tough fought Game 7 of the ALCS against the Rays to fall short of appearing in the World Series for two years in a row. 2009 saw the Red Sox get booted out of the AL Division Series in 3 straight games by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. So far this year in 2010, the team is just above .500 and in a distant 4th in the standings.
Is this where the Red Sox start to fall apart at the seams like the Braves did after their great run of success? This Red Sox team is old and stoogy, they have a lot of faith in Big Papi, and he just isn’t delivering anymore for them. The team is relying on Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis for most of their offense and the rest of the team is just underperforming and seems like an odd mix. Adrian Beltre is at third base, and is battling Youkilis for the best BA on the team. David Ortiz is in his 14th season in the bigs, he got off to a slow start and is starting to remind me of Mo Vaughn just before he retired.
The starting pitching on paper for the Red Sox was supposed to be one of the best in baseball. In 2010, the starters have let the Boston Red Sox down. Dice K is looking like a bust already this season, and the other starters aren’t setting the world on fire either. Are we seeing the slow demise of what used to be a powerhouse team?
The small fine tuning to this team hasn’t worked, the fans and the press of the Red Sox are starting to notice and the heat is starting to build around GM Theo Epstein.