Boston Red Sox: Is it Really Time to Hit the Panic Button?


The mood feels bleak.  The Red Sox are coming off being swept by the Tampa Bay Rays this past weekend.  The Red Sox are losers of their last four games and have slipped into second place in the AL East. 

Boston didn’t look good this weekend against the Rays.  In fact, they looked flat and unmotivated.

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Xander Bogaerts sounded a bit desperate coming off Saturday night's loss in Tampa Bay.  "Tomorrow, I know it’s still two months of baseball left but for us, it’s huge," Bogaerts said.  "We’re playing the guys that are neck-and-neck with us in the division."

Some are speculating in the Boston media their uninspired play was a direct reflection of the lack of moves at the trade deadline. 

The Red Sox added three players at the trade deadline, but it wasn’t enough.  The addition of Kyle Schwarber gives the Red Sox another power bat threat in their lineup.  Schwarber should play left field while the team options Jarren Duran back to Worcester.  Instead, it looks like Schwarber will get time at first base, a position he has only played once in his big league career. 

Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom should have added an actual first baseman to the roster.  There were reports that the Red Sox were interested in now Yankees slugger Anthony Rizzo. 

Schwarber will be a nice addition once he comes off the injured list.  He is currently on the injured list dealing with a hamstring injury.  In 72 games with the Nationals, he hit .253 with 25 home runs and drove in 53 RBIs.  Rizzo, on the other hand, wasn’t as sharp at the plate before he was traded by the Cubs. 

In 92 games with the Cubs, Rizzo hit .248 with 14 home runs and a .792 OPS.  However, since joining the Yankees, Rizzo looks like the big stick the Red Sox needed in their lineup to go along with Schwarber.  He hit two home runs this weekend in a series against the Marlins. 

The trade to acquire Schwarber was significant for the Red Sox, it just doesn’t feel that way right now because he’s hurt. 

The moves Bloom made to land pitching depth felt more like the moves he made in 2020.  Bloom acquired Hansel Robles from the Twins and Austin Davis from the Pirates.  Robles was a reliever the Red Sox showed interest in this past offseason, instead he opted to play in Minnesota.  He comes to Boston with 4.91 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 10 saves this season. 

Davis’ numbers aren’t pretty.  He came to Boston with an 5.59 ERA in 10 games with the Pirates.  He was used this past weekend against the Rays and he gave up one hit, struck out two batters and walked one.  Bloom referred to Davis as a “traditional lefty” which is something he felt they lacked. 

“Both these guys will be good additions to our bullpen depth,” Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom said Friday following the trade deadline. 

“Robles is a guy with power stuff.  Mainly fastball, changeup.  A power arsenal, really good stuff.  A lot of experience.  And as everybody has seen, our bullpen’s done a great job this year.  And we wanted to back that up by getting them reinforcements, just to make sure we have as many good options as possible down the stretch.  We’re excited for his power stuff playing in our mix with the already great crew we have down there.”

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Fans have expressed their frustrations over Bloom’s moves at the deadlines.  The one move the Red Sox truly failed to make was adding another starter to the rotation.  The Red Sox have been relatively lucky this season from a health standpoint with some of their starters.  Eduardo Rodriguez and Garrett Richards haven’t been good this season.  Richards has been up and down all season long posting a 5.15 ERA in 20 starters this season.  Over his last four starts Richards is 2-1 with a 5.95 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP. 

The Red Sox will be getting Chris Sale back from the injured list very soon.  Sale continues to make rehab starts in the minors as he comes back from Tommy John surgery.  Even though he will be coming back, to put all of yours eggs into one basket is foolish for Bloom and the Red Sox. 

Bloom failed to attack the middle of the trade market and find reasonable trade options for his roster.  Fans are not clamoring for the Red Sox to have traded their top prospects.  They wanted the Red Sox to trade some of their mid-tier prospects for pitching depth. 

The Red Sox look like a team that needs their manager Alex Cora to step in and get them focused again.  This is has been a first place baseball team this season and now more so than ever the Red Sox must rely on the players who helped get them there. 

It’s not time to hit the panic button in Boston, but after this past weekend the team looked deflated, Bloom whiffed at the deadline.  The Red Sox need to recharge the batteries with their day off on Monday.  They need to go into Detroit and start winning games again. 

You are the Boston Red Sox and it’s time to start acting and playing like it. 

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