Dave Dombrowski has made an announcement today that Red Sox manager John Farrell will return for the 2017 season:
— CSN New England (@CSNNE) October 11, 2016
Although Farrell managed the Red Sox to a 93-69 record this season, the Red Sox were quickly bounced in the ALDS after getting swept by the Cleveland Indians. There was a lot of hope for this Red Sox team, but when it mattered most, the Red Sox just couldn’t make it happen.
Everything that could have possibly went wrong for the Red Sox this post season, did. The bats went silent and the pitching was not good enough. The Red Sox offense that lead the league in runs scored just 7 runs in 3 games. Porcello had his worst start of the season getting bounced in the 4th inning in game 1 of the ALDS and David Price continued to be horrific in the post season giving up 5 runs in 3.1 innings. For what it’s worth, Jon Lester could give up 34 runs in a row without recording an out in his next post season start and STILL have a lower postseason ERA than David Price.
For me, there were many moves that Farrell made this season that lost games, more than I can think of that actually won games. For one, I don’t think I can ever forgive using your ace pitcher at the time (Steven Wright) as a pinch runner in an NL ballpark, then he proceeded to get hurt. When is the last time a pitcher was used as a pinch runner? Farrell left pitchers in when they should have been pulled and taken pitchers out when they really should have been left in for more favorable match ups. It’s easy to say this all now after the fact, but the cons have definitely outweighed the pro’s when it comes to John Farrell.
This Red Sox team needs change, when Farrell came on board, he was supposed to be that guy, sure he won a World Series, in fact that’s the only reason he lasted as long as he did, but when you look at his tenure in Boston as a whole, it has been abysmal. The Red Sox have been consistently inconsistent under John Farrell and I believe it was the perfect time to move on from him.
Certainly the entire blame doesn’t fall on Farrell, but he gets a pretty good slice of the blame pie. Of course this is all coming from an organization that threw boat loads of money at Pablo Sandoval without a weight clause…