Ortiz is baffled by the club’s recent offensive struggles.
“I don’t know, man. We’re just not doing it,’’ he said. “It’s hard when you see our pitching the way they have been and us not being able to score some runs and give them some breathing room. We’ve got to do something. Everybody’s trying to make things happen, so of course you put pressure on yourself. Our pitching is doing great. They’re holding the other offense down and doing what they need to do.’’
Maybe the combination of coming home and facing the Yankees will work in their favor.
The players were thinking they might get an adrenaline rush from facing their archrivals at home. If they don’t, they’re really in trouble.
The offensive problem speaks of a larger issue — that this team has simply not been able to get itself together for a long stretch. There have been good moments, but nothing consistent. That could stem from the constant revolving door of players.
“It’s been terrible,” said Ross of the offensive woes. “Can’t sugarcoat it. Basically our pitchers have been pitching their butts off and keeping us in games and we can’t push anything across. Tough road trip. Nice to have a day off. Don’t know what the future holds with the Yankees coming in for four games.”
Asked to explain the offense, Ross said, “I don’t know. There are no words for it. Baseball. As good as our offense is to get three hits today and we scored eight runs [actually 14] on the whole road trip or something crazy like that. We’ve scored eight runs in an inning before against really good teams and we’re playing teams sub-.500 and get the crap beat out of us. Can’t dwell on it, though. We have to figure something out.”
It seems as if Ortiz is the only one consistently producing.
No. 400 should have come in happier times.
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