Roche: Second Half Full Of Intrigue For Red Sox

July 17, 2014 2:37 PM
Roche: Second Half Full Of Intrigue For Red Sox
BOSTON (CBS) – Can it be done? Can the Red Sox “shock the world” and rally from either 9.5 games down in the AL East or eight games behind in the Wild Card race?

" You know me: Mr. Half-glass full. So, sure. Why not?

Is it realistic? Of course not.

The 2014 season feels like the baseball gods simply decided to pay back the Sox for all the fun and fortune they enjoyed in 2013. There have been very few rallies, lots of difficult one-run losses, and some great pitching with no hitting.

The cold reality also is that this team isn’t the same. Ellsbury and Saltalamacchia are gone, with Victorino, Middlebrooks and Drew all missing for large chunks of the season. Pedroia, Napoli, Nava, and Gomes have all struggled. The team that led all of baseball in runs scored last year is 25th this season.

Aside from the pitching, it just hasn’t been there.

Ben Cherington and John Farrell have dug in and allowed the likes of Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Bradley Jr., Mookie Betts, and now, Christian Vazquez time to develop. So far it’s been a lot of downs and not enough ups — at least not yet "

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