Pitching for the Red Sox was ‘Cy Young McGee’, Joe Kelly who is probably out of the Cy Young race already. It’s strange to watch Kelly pitch, his stuff is disgusting, he can rear it up to 100 and has devastating throws, except baseball, especially pitching- like real estate or even just life- is about location, location, location. Kelly can’t seem to locate, so every once in a while (and by that I mean quite often) he throws Home Run Derby meatballs.
At least we get to see if the kid can be good in the Majors
Kelly ended up getting tagged for 5 earned runs and 9 hits (including one Derby shot) in 4 and 2/3rds innings. Not exactly what the Red Sox were looking for from one of their five ‘Aces’ on a night they were trying to prevent the first Yankees three game sweep at Fenway since 2006. The problem is each of the Red Sox starters, guys who are probably most likely middle of the rotation types, are performing like spot starter material. Who can be blamed? Surely it can’t be Blake Swihart - he just came up to the Bigs over the weekend (a move I am completely in favor with). You’d almost have to think that Juan Nieves and John Farrell himself have to be blamed. And if that’s the case Juan Nieves head may have to roll soon.
To be fair, and in full disclosure, I left the game immediately after Gardner rocked one off Breslow making it 8-0 (good thing was I listened to and caught the rest on T.V.). I mean, I had given up Game of Thrones for this, I felt as duped as I had the night before missing the end of the Clippers vs. Spurs 4th quarter to turn on boxing in anticipation for an overhyped and vastly underwhelming Mayweather v. Pacquiao. The Sox did rally, specifically with a big Napoli shot (long overdue), but it was too little too late. Ex Red-Sock Andrew Miller closed out the game and for the first time this season the Red Sox are under .500. And it’s not even a normal under .500 feeling, Boston has the 3rd worst ERA in the majors at a whopping 5.04, and their loaded offense, while scoring, just isn’t able to carry the load all by themselves. It may be a long Summer….and that's before we talk about how absurdly long these games are...