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Jim Monaghan
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It was a 14-game stretch that we were told would define the Red Sox 2019 season.

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A 5-2 start that included a three-game dismantling of the Yankees at Fenway Park concluded with a loss on Sunday night in the Bronx and a 5-9 record in that abbreviated span.

For all the complaints about the bullpen lately, it was the starting pitching that did the Red Sox in over the weekend.

FRIDAY NIGHT - Eduardo Rodriguez pitched reasonably well, if you take away the Gleyber Torres grand slam in the first inning that supplied the only runs the Yankees would score all night.

SATURDAY AFTERNOON - Chris Sale was charged with eight runs in just 3.2 innings in a 9-2 loss. Reliever Josh Smith allowed just one run in four innings of relief.

SATURDAY EVENING - the focus was on Matt Barnes giving up two runs in the seventh, but spot starter Brian Johnson didn't help by giving up three runs in as many innings in a 6-4 loss.

SUNDAY NIGHT - David Price (pictured) was absolutely pitiful, allowing six two-out runs in the third inning in a 7-4 New York win. The bullpen combination of Darwinzon Hernandez and Ryan Weber combined for 4.1 innings of shutout baseball.

The bullpen has been a lingering issue all year. And while the right trade may not have presented itself at the trade deadline, the opportunity to make some kind of a move prior to July 31 was more than likely present.

But maybe an eye toward the rotation would have helped, too.

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Jim Monaghan 8/05/2019 11:12:00 AM Edit
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