JD Martinez and the Boston Red Sox are really struggling in 2020.
JD Martinez and the Boston Red Sox, fresh off trading Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers for pennies on the dollar, have looked sluggish and uninspired, as their 6-15 record is the worst in the American League and second-worst in all of baseball, with only the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates beating them out in that dubious category.
Martinez is fed up with the Red Sox sluggish start to the season, as he claimed that it isn’t fun getting “our heads beat in” every night.
The Red Sox have the worst pitching staff in the major leagues.
While Andrew Benintendi’s .103 average, Martinez’s power outage, and Rafael Devers’ poor performance have been cited as reasons that Boston has stumbled out of the gate, but that subpar pitching staff is the main culprit. After Chris Mazza starts tonight, Boston will have used 11 starters in their first 22 games.
While the bullpen is marginally better than it was last season, the objectively awful starting rotation is a big reason why Boston has the worst ERA in the major leagues at 6.10. It doesn’t matter how deep your lineup is, it’s impossible to win with the league’s worst pitching.
Their brief tussles with the New York Yankees have highlighted how threadbare this Betts-less roster really is. The Red Sox have lost their last eight games against the Yankees, and the Bronx Bombers have helped the Red Sox go a full week without holding an opponent to fewer than eight runs in a game. There’s isn’t much going right for Boston this season, and the light at the end of the tunnel is looking pretty dim.
The Red Sox knew they were going to be in for a bit of a rough season after their inexplicable, unacceptable trade of Betts, but no one expected them to be this bad right out of the gate. Hopefully, Martinez wakes up soon, because things are looking grim in Beantown.