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.
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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.
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