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Friar: In tight games, Red Sox manufacturing trouble, not runs

Friar: In tight games, Red Sox manufacturing trouble, not runs

BOSTON -- The debate surrounding “Who’s your one-game playoff starter?” isn’t relevant for the Red Sox anymore thanks to the 1-0 loss Wednesday night.

That’s not a knock on Rick Porcello by any means, nor is that promoting David Price -- who are both easily the ideal options at this point.

But Wednesday night’s loss truly amplified the Red Sox inability to manufacture runs when things aren’t clicking on all cylinders.

It wasn’t enough that they had one of the best Fenway Park pitchers in a single season -- who also happens to be a Cy Young candidate. It wasn’t enough that they were facing a pitcher who’d given up 11 runs to Boston over nine innings in his previous two starts against them this year.

This loss further adds to the concerns of making a run in the postseason and emphasizes the importance of winning the division. Day by day, it seems more and more improbable that this team can squeak out a win in a one-game playoff.

Ironically, the only shot the Red Sox have in these tight games is if the offense takes a page from Hanley Ramirez’s playbook -- something you wouldn’t have expected to hear after 2015.

“That was the only at-bat, I think, all night, on both sides, with a runner in scoring position,” John Farrell said, referring to Sandy Leon’s at-bat in the seventh, after Ramirez advanced from first to third on Chris Young’s two-out single.

Leon couldn’t get the job done, but that’s not the point.

The point is, neither team could put any pressure on the pitcher.

There was only one runner in scoring position all game. That makes life a lot less stressful for a pitcher.

If this team hopes to compete in these low-scoring games ahead, they’ll have to find ways to create opportunities with their legs and quick-decision making because it’s now apparent, unless the other team is being shut out. not even a Cy Young-caliber pitcher can save the Red Sox offense when it’s not at 100 percent.

Nick Friar can be followed on Twiter @ngfriar



Red Sox trade Marrero to Diambondbacks

Red Sox trade Marrero to Diambondbacks

The Red Sox traded infielder Deven Marrero to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a player to be named or cash. 

Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement on Saturday.

Marrero, 27, was fighting for one of the final roster spots as a bench player, along with utility man Brock Holt.  The first-round pick in 2012 out of Arizona State had spent his entire pro career with the Red Sox organization. He appeared in 109 major league games from 2015-17, making 50 starts at third base, nine at second base, and five at shortstop.

In 2017, the right-handed hitter played in a career-high 71 major league games, batting .211 with four home runs and 27 RBI. 

Early exit for Sale after liner off leg, but he's expected to be OK

Early exit for Sale after liner off leg, but he's expected to be OK

Red Sox ace Chris Sale is expected to be able to make his Opening Day start after he was struck in the left leg by a line drive off the bat of the Houston Astros' J.D. Davis in the first inning on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla., and had to leave his final spring training start. 

After being examined by team medical personnel on the field, Sale walked back to the dugout. He was taken for precautionary X-rays which showed no structural damage.

The Red Sox said Sale sustained a contusion on his left leg.  "I don't see anything lingering from this. It looked a lot worse than it was," Sale told reporters. "It scared the hell out of me,”

Sale is scheduled to be the Red Sox Thursday in the season opener against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla.  Manager Alex Cora and Sale said he'd be OK to make the start.