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Jim Monaghan
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The numbers stand out like a sore thumb.



And then there's this.


Monday night's 4-3 loss in extra innings was particularly excruciating, and for a variety of reasons we have seen all too often this season.

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For starters, there was a fine Chris Sale performance - 7IP, 1R, 0ER, 3H, 1BB, 10K - wasted. For another, Sandy Leon's defensive regression continued with a pair of throwing errors and the inability to block balls thrown in the dirt.

There was also a dumb base running mistake by Brock Holt who ran through a stop sign in the bottom of the ninth that changed second and third with two out into him being tagged out at the plate on an inning-ending play that wasn't even remotely close.

And then there was Matt Barnes.

His ninth inning was instantly forgettable with three straight one-out hits leading to a pair of Texas runs.

And it's not just last night. In his last nine outings, covering a span of 7.1 innings, Barnes has allowed eight earned runs. That translates into a 9.82 ERA.

Craig Kimbrel is obviously no longer available, and quite honestly it was obvious that the Red Sox had lost faith in him by October last year.

There's talk of putting Nathan Eovaldi in the closer role when he returns later this month. As long as it's medically sound to do so, the Red Sox could do a lot worse.

Like what we saw Monday night.

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Jim Monaghan 6/11/2019 01:44:00 PM Edit
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