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Red Sox start to pick up the pieces

BALTIMORE — Good morning from BWI Airport. Booked this flight weeks ago in the belief that there would be a workout at Fenway Park this afternoon, a day before Game 1 of the AL Division Series.

Instead there will be a press conference where Theo Epstein will take questions about the disaster that was the 2011 Red Sox.

In flipping through stats last night, one fact keep jumping out at me. This team did not win games on consecutive days after taking three straight at Texas from Aug. 23-25. There was a doubleheader sweep of the Athletics on Aug. 27, but this team went more than a month without being able to play winning baseball for two days in a row.


Just two days. Win a game, come back the next day and win another one. The no-hope, no-talent Houston Astros did that four times from late August to the end of the season. The Cadillac Red Sox never did it once.

That speaks to many things. Terribly inconsistent pitching, mostly. The Red Sox have lost their way when it comes to identifying, developing and maintaining the health of good pitchers.

But it also speaks to a team that was more about what it thought it would do in October and not about what the task was that day. From spring training on, the Red Sox were more words than deeds.

For now, all Red Sox fans will get are more hollow words. Eight other teams still have games to play.


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