In what is the most pivotal road trip thus far in the 2012 Red Sox season, the team dropped the first game 9-1 in Texas to the Rangers Monday night. The loss drops them below .500 for the first time since June 16. The games don’t get any easier as they will face the Rangers the next two nights before a travel day on Thursday before taking on the Yankees this weekend in New York. Both teams lead their respective divisions. If the team doesn’t start winning now, the next few months of baseball could have very little meaning in these parts of the country.
Bad starting pitching was once again the issue Monday. Felix Doubront, who leads the team in wins with 10, struggled. He allowed six runs in 5+ innings of work. The offense wasn’t much better as they finished the game going 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
Their only move: Going backward– Nick Cafardo has things are not going well for the Red Sox at the worst possible time.
Cellar and sellers– Scott Lauber says this stretch for the team could turn them into sellers at the trade deadline.
Red Sox trying to hold together– Joe McDonald has the team needing to start winning games, but most players aren’t panicking yet.
One-and-done playoff might not be worth big trade for Red Sox– Brian MacPherson says the Red Sox might want to consider holding on to their top prospects and not make a big trade at the deadline.
Doubront can’t get Sox back on track– Sean McAdam looks at Doubront’s performance Monday night, one of his worst outings of the year.
On a more positive note, the Bruins signed head coach Claude Julien to a multi-year contract extension, and Patriots training camp kicks off Thursday.
Julien’s extension with Bruins well-deserved– Joe Haggerty says Julien getting the extension that he has certainly earned.
Two Brady favorites vie for jobs– Jeff Howe looks at Deion Branch and Jabar Gaffney possibly competing for playing time.