Well, I hate to say it but it appears Farrell blew this one. The Sox were up 4-3 in the top of the 7th. Wright had given them a quality start and everybody knew he had done his job and should be done for the night. What does Farrell do but put him back out there for the 7th. He gave up a homer and a double while recording only one out and then Farrell decided, well, maybe he is done. I guess Farrell has no faith in his bullpen because he has left the starter in too long in two of the last three games and this time it cost him. The Cubs, once the flood gates were open with Farrell’s gaff, proceeded to score 4 more runs in all and won the game 7-4.
Speaking of no faith in the bullpen, why did Robbie Ross get sent to the minors. It was him we needed to come in for that situation and give us one of his shutdown innings. He has not been doing too badly and has been part of one of the best bullpens in the majors so far this season. We needed him, but Farrell opted to go with no one and overused Wright to ensure a loss. We might have lost anyway, but a fresh arm at that point is what we needed and not the starter, who gave it all he had to finish the 6th and was forced to pitch in the 7th when he was done. His quality start was ruined, not to mention we lost the game.
So, the Sox are struggling to stay ahead of the .500 mark in the W-L column. We desperately need a win tomorrow night just to keep treading water as we have been. If we sink to .500, we may never recover. So far the team has continued in the same vein as last season. They played .500 ball from June on in 2016 with the great start they got off to the only reason they made the playoffs.
The fear is that they will end up only a mediocre team by continuing to win only half their games. It is going to be a long season if they don’t start winning soon and I mean winning a lot. They have now lost 5 of their last 7 and seem to be in a slide toward the cellar. They could get there quite easily if they continue to lose like they have been. With yesterday’s game one hoped that they were going to gather some momentum and begin to more forward, but tonight proved that wrong. All they needed was for the manager to make a big mistake and any hope of gaining momentum vanished.
Let’s hope they can get the ball rolling in the right direction tomorrow night, but it doesn’t look too hopeful from where I am sitting. Still it’s a young season. We don’t really know what is going to happen. They could bounce back and do great yet. We will have to wait and see. Until then: Go Sox!