In the waning moments of Sunday’s loss in Texas, NESN
color man Jerry Remy said the Red Sox must do something to address their
The RemDog said they can’t afford to wait until the
trade deadline to make that move.
Of course, that is obvious to every follower of the
Boston nine. What is becoming more and more obvious is that the Red Sox might
be better served to make a subtraction before they make an addition.
(AP photo by Elise Amendola)
It is becoming clear that pitching coach Carl Willis
has to go.
Nearly every pitcher on the roster has taken a step
backward this season. That includes David Price and Craig Kimbrel, the two huge
offseason additions by Dave Dombrowski, Boston’s president of baseball
Maybe that’s coincidence, or maybe it is just bad
luck. But when the most notable positive adjustment made by a pitcher during
the season was based on a suggestion by the second baseman and not the pitching
coach, it’s hard not to blame the coach.
The most consistent pitcher on the staff is
knuckleballer Steven Wright, and unless the coach’s last name is Niekro, Hough or Wakefield, the coach has nothing to do with that.
The 2016 Red Sox have a lot of the pieces needed to be a
playoff team. Before injuries exposed their lack of a bench, the team looked
primed to take control of the American League East.
That depth will get a boost with the upcoming return
of Brock Holt, but the team could use some more help. Boston could use a bat in
left field, another arm in the bullpen and at least another starting pitcher.
However, the biggest move might be firing Willis.
Uninspiring manager John Farrell, who is squatting in
Torey Lovullo’s office, and former general manager Ben Cherington made Juan
Nieves the fall guy by sending the pitching coach of the 2013 World Series
champions packing last May.