Boston just can't get it done right now. With closer Andrew Bailey blowing game one of the series, and poor pitching throughout the four games with Detroit, Boston has a lot of pitching planning to do if they want to stay at the top of the AL East. Boston lead in this afternoon's game until the seventh, and then things got out of hand. Now that Bailey is out of the closer role, everyone else in the bullpen will have to shift roles, and it might not be pretty. Today's game showed how ugly it is when you don't have a strong and comfortable bullpen. Oh, and Detroit also received a gift of a call that lead to three unearned runs in the eighth. After watching four games with Detroit, it's safe to say that they are the better team right now. When the pressure was on, they came through twice when Boston didn't. Here are the four at bats that changed the game:
1) Bottom of the first inning, and Miguel Cabrera is just hitting out of this world. After Felix Doubront walks two men to start the inning, Cabrera hits a shot to center that just lands before the fence and then hops over for a ground rule double. You just can't tell me that Cabrera isn't the best player on the planet right now. 2-0 Tigers.
2) Bottom of the seventh inning, and the Sox are up 4-3. Andrew Miller has replaced Andrew Bailey, and two men are on base. Miller, who is known to strike men out or walk them, gives up a Prince Fielder single and then proceeds to plunk Jhonny Peralta on an 0-2 pitch to score the tying run. What a killer at bat for Miller, who was one strike away from getting out of the inning with the hold.
Well, pitching is now a major problem with the Red Sox. Clay Buchholz is hurt, Jon Lester can't win, Andrew Bailey is scared of pitching the ninth inning, and Andrew Miller is wild. How can they turn this around? Trades are the only way, as there really is no answer down on the farm. Boston has Monday off to think about it, but they return to action Tuesday when Ryan Dempster faces Juan Nicasio and the Colorado Rockies at 7:10pm