Boston worried already
Via Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe:
The Red Sox’ struggles are no longer a media/fan concern.
The concern goes much higher up.
“Of course I’m concerned,’’ wrote Sox owner John Henry in an e-mail. “We can’t dig ourselves too deep a hole. The Yankees and Tampa Bay are so strong.’’
All one has to do is look at the team that demolished the Sox this Patriots Day weekend, the Rays, who went 11-16 to start last season and never recovered. In the AL East, you just can’t be 4-9 after 13 games, 6 games behind the Rays and 5 1/2 in back of the Yankees, and think it’s going to be easy to come back.
That’s why it wasn’t too early to be concerned about David Ortiz after only two games of the season. It wasn’t too early to question whether Mike Cameron was a suitable replacement for Jason Bay. It wasn’t too early to wonder whether Victor Martinez could be the full-time catcher and still maintain his hitting.
Actually, outside of David Ortiz, who looked finished last year, it is too early to worry about these things, at least to the degree in which Cafardo is worrying about them. The season is still young and I have to believe that the Red Sox will be in the thick of it in the end. Their pitching is too strong and their offense just hasn’t produced yet. It will come.