FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Red Sox are 1-5 and have been outscored 43-24 so far in spring training. It’s pretty ugly and several folks wrote emails asking if there was reason to be concerned.
It’s a legitimate question and even John Farrell mentioned on Wednesday that the team needs to clean up its mistakes.
But there probably aren’t more than a handful of players in the clubhouse who have the remotest idea what the team’s record is. At this point, it’s not a concern.
This stage of spring training is glorified practice for the players who will make up the 25-man roster. They play one game every few days and then only for three or four innings.
Jon Lester, John Lackey, Clay Buchholz, Jake Peavy, Felix Doubront, Koji Uehara, Junichi Tazawa, and Craig Breslow have thrown a grand total of five innings in games so far.
David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, and Mike Napoli have 22 at-bats. Until the Red Sox make some cuts and get their actual team on the field what transpires on the field doesn’t hold much meaning beyond being able to evaluate individual players.
The Red Sox were 2-4 after six games in spring training last year and it turned out pretty well.
Nick Cafardo is with the team in Jupiter today for the game against the Marlins. Here at Fenway South, John Lackey will throw a simulated game.
Our stories in the Globe today:
Nick spoke to Jarrod Saltalamacchia and the catcher made it clear he wasn’t wanted back by the Red Sox.
The notebook has Farrell expecting better and Jon Lester working on his game back in the Fort.
Here’s the report on an 8-6 loss against the Cardinals.