First impressions of the Red Sox 6-2 loss to Texas
Clay Buchholz needs to figure out his first inning struggles.
He put together another decent outing -- but they’ve both been all for not thanks to terrible first innings.
Buchholz had the same issue prior to his sentence to the bullpen. But he needs to make an adjustment. David Price, Steven Wright and Rick Porcello have all had to deal with some level of adversity and handled it in some capacity -- so it’s time for Buchholz to do the same.
If he minimizes the damage to one run -- never mind a scoreless first frame -- Boston has a decent chance to win his starts once in a while.
No matter what, Buchholz needs to put out max effort in the first inning of his next start -- no excuses.
Don’t look now, but Buchholz was the best Boston starting pitcher of the Texas series.
That’s not saying much with the way Wright and Price’s nights wound up, but he was the best starter.
Obviously five runs (four earned) in 5.1 innings isn’t a good outing, but the bullpen at least had a chance to catch its breath -- compared to Friday and Saturday’s games.
Buchholz still has to do much better for Boston if he wants to remain the fifth starter.
Xander Bogaerts’ defense is slipping a bit.
The shortstop has had errors in consecutive games for the first time in 2016 -- both leading to Texas runs.
The 23-year-old shortstop has only sat out one game this year, so it’s fair to assume fatigue is setting in.
Even if that’s not the case, John Farrell should consider giving Bogaerts a day off soon to move past his fielding problems.
Buchholz took away the little momentum Boston found in the fourth.
Although Bogaerts didn’t help with the error, Buchholz almost instantly gave back the run Boston scored in the top of the sixth. Which is something Rick Porcello, Steven Wright and David Price have all dealt with -- and overcome.
Just another reason Dave Dombrowski needs to keep working for a fifth starter.
Because there’s no way coming out of any series Boston should have its best effort from a starting pitcher be a five-inning five-run (one unearned) outing.
Other starters have to pick up the slack when Wright has an occasional subpar outing. While Price has been on late and Porcello is reliable, Boston hasn’t had that from anyone else.