By Matt Straub
So it has come to this for the Boston Red Sox. Wade Miley, a bad pitcher who was doing badly, lost his mind and argued with manager John Farrell after getting pulled from Thursday’s game.
Farrell did the right thing in trying to keep it in house, even though he’s getting crushed in the media today for not ripping Miley after the game. He’s better off keeping it private since talking about it more after the game just keeps the story in the news cycle, but he also looks soft and gives the impression the players are in control. That none of the other players stepped in or chided Miley doesn’t help.
So now the Red Sox, struggling all year, are now giving the outward appearance at least they are coming apart at the seams. To make matters worse, in comes the hottest team in the league looking to get back in the division race by stepping over the team which seems on the verge of another epic tailspin.
Toronto Blue Jays (31-30, third place AL East)
at Boston Red Sox (27-34, last place AL East)
Friday, 7:10 p.m.
Drew Hutchinson (5-1, 4.91 ERA) vs. Joe Kelly (2-4, 5.40)
Saturday, 1:35 p.m.
R.A. Dickey (2-6, 5.35) vs. Clay Buchholz (3-6, 4.07)
Sunday, 1:35 p.m.
Marco Estrada (3-3, 3.78) vs. Eduardo Rodriguez (2-0, 0.44)
Toronto has it. It has won eight in a row and is now within four in the loss column of first place. Oddly they have done so without a save, the first team to do so in 20 years. Their last 18 wins have been without a save, the most since the Red Sox won 20 in a row without a save in 1987. Speaking of the Red Sox, they have lost three in a row and haven’t had much momentum since 2013. Now they’re fighting with each other and turning sour with the media, further bad signs indicating the ship is sinking.
Three Blue Jays To Watch
1. Jose Bautista is getting hot at the wrong time for the Red Sox. He has four homers and a .333 average in the last seven games, and could go for even more against Boston’s putrid pitching.
2. Josh Donaldson is finally starting to look like the player the Blue Jays traded for. He’s been on fire of late and helps the Blue Jays deepen their lineup.
3. Jose Reyes, the former Met, is hitting .429 in the last week and will cause havoc for the Red Sox on the bases. Boston’s catchers are not exactly the team strength this year, making the running game big for Toronto.
Two games with the Braves in Boston are followed by two in Atlanta as the interleague schedule gets even dumber.