The Kansas City Royals came into Boston playing their best baseball of the season, this 3 game weekend series was a test for The Sox. A test they would end up failing.
After the mostly successful road trip, (I say mostly because of the back to back losses to Tampa Bay), Red Sox nation was optimistic that this team has turned the corner. They were coming home to face the hottest team in baseball in Kansas City, and The Royals proved why they should still be looked at as a threat in the American League. Stephen Wright was terrible in his game 1 start, giving up 5 earned runs in the first inning. Eduardo Rodriguez took a step back with his start yesterday, giving up 5 earned runs in 5 innings. The best pitcher for The Sox over the weekend was David Price. Price looked locked in on saturday, which is a good sign going forward.
The Bullpen once again looked over matched and really scared out there. The Royals put the pressure on teams with their speed and ability to put the ball in play. Matt Barnes had the worst night of his life on sunday night, he pitched 0.0 innings, and gave up 5 earned runs. I really would’ve liked to see Papelbon on the mound. It’s been said time and time again, this bullpen has to be much much better if this team is going to make a run in the postseason.
With a nine game west coast road trip on the horizon The Sox have to pile up as many home wins as they can. That continues tonight against Tampa Bay. A series sweep is a must.