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How Do the Red Sox Get Their Offense Going?

BOSTON – The Red Sox scored just one run in the three games in Baltimore, going 1-2 in that series and 2-7 on their just-completed road trip. They lead the American League in just two offensive categories: getting hit by pitches, with 36, and intentional walks received, with 22.

Among most of the other common stats, they are in the bottom-third of the league, including batting average, runs scored, hits, home runs, stolen bases, runners left on base, slugging percentage.

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Asked how he can get his offense going, manager John Farrell replied:

“To stay with what, to me – and we’ve had this conversion with individual players, with the staff – and that we can’t abandon the strengths of this team or these individual players have shown in the past. And that is to put up relentless at-bats, get on base. Overall, I still think we do a good job of getting on base. I firmly believe that this will turn. There’s confidence in this group of gets us back in the mix.”

The Sox are seventh in the AL with a .332 on-base percentage.

Asked if he thought the lack of offense puts too much pressure on the starting pitchers to be perfect, Farrell replied:

“I don’t know if they feel like they need to throw a shutout. But we know we’ve been in stretch for quite some time where runs are a premium. And they’re well aware of where we are as a team. That’s not to say that they go out to try to put up a zero or they have to throw a shutout to be in the mix for a win. We’re just playing a style of game that we’ve got to be complete in all areas, that our margin or error is a little bit less than right now.”

Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz, the usual mainstays of the offense, are both producing below their typical numbers. Pedroia is batting .271/.344/380. On the nine-game road trip, he went 9-for-34 (.265), with two doubles and a walk. Ortiz is batting .252/.356/.474. He hit .200 (7-for-35) on the trip, with two home runs, seven RBI, and four walks.

“We need every guy in our lineup,” Farrell said. “It’s not just focused on those two guys. We need everyone to pass the baton and work as a group and when we’ve done that, we’ve been a very good offensive team. And yet a lot of people are going to focus on David and Pedey. When they drive people in, sure we were on a good streak of seven straight wins. But we need every guy up and down that lineup to play their part.”

Asked if Pedroia is playing hurt, Farrell replied:

“No. He’s not 100 percent, but I don’t know that anybody is in the middle of June.”