On Wednesday they combined for 9 hits, 3 walks and had a man reach on error. The only run came on a solo shot from Bogaerts. How do you get that many guys on base and not get any of them to score? The Rangers didn't even turn a double play in this game. The Sox were 1 for 8 with RISP, of course Ortiz didn't score from second because it was a weak single and he's slow. They left 12 men on base in this game. TWELVE! I don't know what it is about this team that they just can't deliver when it matters. They can complain about hard hit balls and bad luck with BABIP all they want, but it's not putting any runs on the board. The thing that kills me is that the Rangers starter Phil Klein was ripe for the picking. He's a converted reliever making his first big league start. We can knock around Sonny Gray and Felix Hernandez but not this guy? One timely hit would have put this game away and they had chance after chance after chance and couldn't deliver.
Thursday was another pathetic offensive night for the Red Sox. Another mediocre starter that looks like Cy Young incarnate against the Red Sox. Not as many baserunners in this game, but again the Red Sox managed to put across just one run and went 0 for 6 with RISP. The lone run came on a ground out from Ortiz.
It's not just these two games either, this drought has been dragging for a while. In their last 9 games they've scored just 17 runs. That's less than 2 runs per game. The Red Sox only have one player in the top 10 for any offensive stat and that's Hanley for home runs. Xander Bogaerts leads the team in BA at .271. I guess you could say it's Brock Holt at .280, but he hasn't been a full time player. To put it into perspective, that puts Bogey at 34th in the American League in BA.
They need a shake up. If that means firing Chili Davis that's fine. If that means getting Rusney Castillo into the lineup that's fine. Something has to change. For this team to have any chance at success the bats are going to have to carry this team.