Boston is at home tonight with Jon Lester on the mound, but the Red Sox are already in trouble.
Cleveland is throwing a tough right-handed starter (Josh Tomlin 4-2, 3.12). For Boston, when the going gets tough, the runs stop coming.
Remember when Boston featured a “relentless” lineup with strong hitters from lead-off to No. 9? So far, we are seeing the relenting lineup in 2014. After scoring one run in their three-game series in Baltimore, the Red Sox rank 14th out of 15 American League teams in runs scored with 254.
Tampa Bay is last with 242. The Yankees are 13th with 256 and were it not for a “rookie” named Tanaka, New York would be in the same (sinking) boat as Boston.
Boston’s pitching, for the most part, has been good enough. Rubby De La Rosa settled down after giving up three runs in the first, finishing 5 2/3 innings: 7 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 7 K. His ERA is 3.93.
Pawtucket did not play Wednesday. The PawSox will have a Boston presence this weekend with Will Middlebrooks, Shane Victorino and Clay Buchholz expected to make rehab appearances.
The Sea Dogs’ game in Altoona was suspended by rain. Portland did announce its upcoming rotation. Henry Owens is scheduled to pitch Saturday in Akron.
Owens (7-3, 2.24) had his last start skipped – a regular routine for Red Sox minor leaguers. He is one of the hottest pitchers in the minors, allowing one earned run in his last five starts (30 innings; a 0.30 ERA).
If the rotation holds, then Owens’ next start after Saturday would be when the Sea Dogs return to Portland on Friday, June 20.
Greenville’s Carlos Asuaje, 22, continues to excel and should be looking at a spot in Salem this summer. Asuaje homered and walked on Wednesday, while playing both second base and left field. His numbers: .304 avg., 7 HR, .421 OBP, .971 OPS.