Going in with what little momentum that they could possibly take out of the series with the Oakland Athletics, the Red Sox have given it right to the Seattle Mariners. They are pitching extremely poorly. They are hitting extremely poorly. Disaster.
They were given plenty of opportunity to lay into Mariners ace, Felix Hernandez as they were able to put the bat on the ball and make some good things happen. David Ortiz drove in Dustin Pedroia in the first, then Mike Napoli rope's a ball down the third base line and put's runner's on second and third with two out's and again, nothing. Napoli would break a stretch of 8 consecutive batter's sent right back to the bench by depositing a towering home run to left field to take a 2 to 1 lead in the fourth inning and that has been it.
It cannot really hurt to get this guy in the Sox lineup. The Dodgers have a plethora of outfielder's already.
This paltry Red Sox lineup after 1-4 in their lineup is just not getting it done and if they have remote hope of making it into the playoff's, they need someone behind the like's of Ortiz and Napoli. Preferably an outfield bat that can hit for average and power. Quite honestly, it shouldn't matter who or where he come's from, whether it's Matt Kemp or Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton is more or less out of the question as you would have to give up your farm system for him. But if Matt Kemp can be had without giving up your farm system, without giving up top prospect's to land him, and with Magic Johnson paying most of his salary, then do it. At this point anyone that can catch a fly ball in Boston has been put out there, but they're not getting any offensive production from all but Brock Holt, who is a leadoff hitter. Not a guy who can hit 20 home run's and drive in 80 to 100 rbi. They need to look for someone as such and they need to do it fast as their outfield production has been absolutely miserable.
If they want to win the AL East, they need to continue to pitch as good as they have for a good chunk of the season so far. They have the 3rd best staff ERA in the American League, so they're doing something right. Hitting on the other hand, not so much. After the cleanup spot, there isn't much to look at. Tonight that guy was Daniel Nava who is hitting better of late, but still barely over .200. That's just not going to get it done. If they don't improve their offense, then they had better start doing the little thing's such as bunting, sacrificing runner's into scoring position, stealing bases (or attempting), whatever it take's to make thing's happen on the base path's. But at this point, I don't think it hurt's to go out and go find a capable outfielder who will hit you the home run and drive your runner's home.