The 2015 Red Sox suck. There’s no sugar coating it. They’re awful in all phases. They can’t hit, they can’t run the bases well, they’ve pitched better, but the inconsistency is still there. The chemistry doesn’t exist, no matter what people may say. Excuses, excuses, excuses. That’s all we’ve heard this season. “They’re just a few games back.” “The division is awful.” “The bats will come around.” “It’s still early.” Stop. If you think this team is a contender, you’re only fooling yourself. The 2015 Red Sox are no better than the 2014 Red Sox. Sure, bigger names, bigger payroll, but same old shit.
At nearly 7 games back, the team is rapidly losing what ground it could gain. They’re in last. The Orioles, Blue Jays, and the dreaded Yankees are all on a roll. The Rays, shitty as they may be, will still finish towards the top of the East. The Red Sox? No. What a shame it would be to finish in last for 3 out of the last 4 seasons but that’s exactly where this squad of overpaid drama queens is headed. Ortiz finally looks like he’s approaching age 40. Sandoval and Ramirez have been compared to Crawford and Gonzalez and with good reason. Napoli is hitting .200. Betts hasn’t had the breakout season we hoped. Castillo has been disappointing. Swihart has been rushed. The pitching staff has improved, but they’re still shitty (see Porcello, Rick). The lone bright spots of the season have been Xander Bogaerts, Dustin Pedroia, and Eduardo Rodriguez. To think this team would quit would be a travesty, but let’s face it, they have.
Come October, teams like the Royals and Cardinals will be eyeing a championship. And teams like the Red Sox, well, they’ll be eyeing 2016.