The Boston Red Sox have had a disastrous start to the regular season and now find themselves in last place in the American League East.
The Boston Red Sox entered the season thinking they would face the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays for the coveted division crown. Instead, they now find themselves battling to stay above the Baltimore Orioles, who were never going to be a competitive team in 2022.
MLB Network’s Jon Heyman is one of those people who blames himself more than the floundering team. He expressed his dismay via a tweet.
“How did I pick the Red Sox for the playoffs?! What a mistake!” – @JonHeyman
This fall from grace came as a shock to many, from those who follow the league to those who cover it.
The Boston Red Sox have surprised this season, but not in a good way
The anticipation around the AL East during the offseason was off the charts, with many predicting the American League champions would emerge from that division, with some picking the Boston Red Sox to win the pennant. Now the team would be happy with a wildcard berth in the playoffs.
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what’s wrong with the Boston team, but the most glaring weakness is on offense. Changes come from the minor leagues in the form of Jarren Duran, the team’s number four ranked prospect that has recently dominated the minor leagues.
The Sox are hoping the 25-year-old is ready for MLB and can help their struggling offense, which has been his specialty this season underage.
MLB Pipeline tweeted about Jarren Duran, who will soon be making his league debut with the Boston Red Sox.
“@RedSox No. 4 prospect Jarren Duran is 3-for-4 today with his second home run of the season, raising his ERA to .397 in 15 games for @WooSox” – @MLB Pipeline
The season hasn’t lived up to what all of Boston hoped for, but with the arrival of a very promising young player, there’s plenty to be excited about. The team that’s currently tied with the Baltimore Orioles and 8.5 games out of first place in the division still has time to turn things around.
Anyone who’s been around the block won’t count the Boston Red Sox just yet. May could be a transformative month for the team.