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Red Sox Report Card - June 2016

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What goes up must come down.

That's the unfortunate reality faced by the Boston Red Sox, whose white-hot month of May essentially ensured that June was going to be a letdown to some degree. The team just couldn't be expected to maintain that level of production for a full season.

But the drop-off was a bit more significant than the organization might have liked.

A scant 10 wins is all the team has to show for their June labors. When the offense came back to earth and started putting up less historic levels of production, the weaknesses in the pitching staff were thrown into even sharper relief.

It isn't time to panic - not yet. This Red Sox team is still very much in contention for a division title and/or a playoff spot. There's too much talent for there not to be some sort of rebound. That said, however, Dave Dombrowski and the Boston front office probably need to make some sort of deal happen in order to right the ship (hopefully without giving up the entire farm in the process).

Still, this is about what happened, not what will happenand what happened wasn't pretty.

On to the Report Card.


Hitting C

Quite a tumble from the multi-plus performance from May. The team went from awe-inspiring to aw-shucks-inspiring, putting up middle-of-the-road numbers across the board. The only outlier is a negative one the team managed just 27 homeruns for the month, less than half the total put up by Baltimore and ahead of only the Royals. David Ortiz has continued to mash to the tune of an OPS over 1.000 and Xander Bogaerts has put up great numbers as well. Mookie Betts and Dustin Pedroia have also acquitted themselves nicely at the plate. Otherwise, it has been a rough stretch for the offense guys like Hanley Ramirez and Jackie Bradley Jr. have particularly struggled, combining for just 41 hits in over 180 at-bats.

Starting Pitching C-

This group was carried by the offense early in the season, but when the time came to return the favor, the rotation was found wanting. The rotation combined for a measly six wins over the course of the month; truthfully, the only reason they squeaked into a C was the continued excellence of Steven Wright, who stepped up his game to the tune of 1.62 ERA over five starts. Rick Porcello gave the average level of performance we've come to expect, while David Price put up a similar level of performance that is far inferior to what is expected from your ace. Clay Buchholz was terrible, but to his credit, Eduardo Rodriguez was far worse an ERA over 10 in five starts is practically unheard of. Hell maybe a C- is too high after all.

Bullpen D

As unfortunate as the rotation has looked, the bullpen is even worse. Just about everybody in the pen has been terrible. Guys like Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara bedrock, foundational guys were just awful in June. The pair allowed 13 runs in just under 19 innings. Robbie Ross has struggled. It's so bad that Matt Barnes's 4.05 ERA counts as a positive. Craig Kimbrel was fairly effective 1-1 with four saves in four chances but poor work from the offense and the rotation assured that his time on the mound was very limited. This unit is a mess; Boston's success moving forward depends on a significant turnaround here.

Fielding B-

It's hard to care about the defense when everything else appears to be collapsing. The team's defensive numbers hover in the middle of the league, but there's no denying that there's real glove talent on the field. However, it's difficult to catch home runs and blistering line drives to the gap; a dearth of catchable balls rendered Boston's relative defensive prowess moot.


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