Time to move on; Red Sox need change
Time to move on; Red Sox roster need change
On August 12, Christopher Smith from masslive.com wrote an interesting article on the Red Sox needing to make a severe change in the roster. Before the Orioles series began, the Red Sox slumped their way back into the second half of the season going 11 Wins and 15 losses. That is 7 wins in the last 20 games. Alex Cora and the management got busy the last few days.
Kyle Schwarber was activated to the main roster on August 13. He went 0-2, 2 walks and scored twice on his debut against the Orioles.
Marwin Gonzalez was optioned to Worcester as he continued to struggle batting .202.
Tanner Houck is bouncing between Worcester and the main roster. It has been mentioned that he will return Tuesday and may start against the New York Yankees.
Alex Verdugo returns to Boston after returning from paternity leave. He became a father to a baby boy.
On August 13, the Red Sox defeated the Orioles 8-1 with the bottom order (7,8,9) Plawecki, Duran, and Dalbec combined 7 for 11, 3 runs scored, 5 RBIs. Boegarts, Renfore, and Dalbec hit home runs.
Pivetta (9-5) earned a win and Garrett Richards pitched for the first time this season in relief. He earned his first save by pitching 3 innings, struck out 4 and gave up only 4 hits.
Cora continues to shake up the roster and is hopeful for Chris Sale's debut on Saturday, August 14. The Red Sox are five games behind the first place Tampa Bay Rays and are holding tight in the Wild Card race ahead of the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays.
It is only fitting that the Red Sox continue to improve roster personnel. Since Chaim Bloom failed to strengthen the main roster to benefit the team's chances for playoff contention, Cora needs to be aggressive in change. Danny Santana (.171), and Franchy Cordero (.190) are not the players that were hoped to make a difference. They are proven to be a bad transaction. Hansel Robles and Austin Davis were acquired from the trade. Both relief pitchers have poorly performed. With Martin Perez and Garrett Richards' move to the bullpen, the Red Sox organization can hope that there can be some improvement.
However, a huge concern is on Matt Barnes. Barnes signed an extension during the All Star break and has since depleted. In August so far, he is 1-3, 1 Save (24), 1 Blown Save (5), with an ERA 21.00 (3.52). Adam Ottavino, who is the set up man for Barnes, has only given up one run in his three appearances in August. He has pitched 4 innings with an ERA 2.25 (3.72). Maybe he should close for the Red Sox if Barnes does not collect himself and be effective like he performed in the first half of the season.