In response to dgalehouse's comment:
Well , it was a challenge to go down to Texas and play a very good Rangers team. The Sox did not meet the challenge. They failed miserably and were swept. Now it will be interesting to see how they respond to adversity. Will all the peace and love go out the window ? Will the clubhouse chemistry result in any clutch hits? We have four at home against the Twins. Very winnable. Let's see what happens. Here is a big part of it: The bottom of the order is not productive. The Sox are overly reliant on production from the top of the order. In recent years , that means Ellsbury and Pedroia getting on , and Ortiz and others driving them in. However , from what I see , Ellsbury is nowhere near the hitter he was in 2011. And Pedroia is out of his element hitting third. Ortiz is doing his job , but he cannot do it alone. Without more production from Ellsbury and Pedroia , it will be difficult to maintain consistent scoring. Let's see if the Sox can bounce back, or if this is the beginning of a slide into mediocrity . Stay tuned.