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e said about the Red Sox right now Jose Reyes Jersey , who were thoroughly embarrassed on Friday night to drop to 2-7 over their first nine games. Nine games. You will undoubtedly hear many times between now and first pitch on Saturday thatís only been nine games, and thatís true. Thatís 5.5 percent of an MLB season, which is nothing! Itís also not much solace in the moment as you watch a wildly talented team drop game after game after game. Yes, they should most definitely turn things around and probably sooner than later, but in the meantime that only makes it that much more frustrating. You know they should be better and they just...arenít! Perhaps the worst part is that these arenít just hard-luck, fluky losses. That would be tough to watch, but ultimately easier to brush aside. No, these seven losses have been straight-up terrible as the team has failed at every level.Friday was, without a doubt, the lowlight of this young season and truly felt like a culmination of everything that had happened up to that point. It feels like it canít get any worse than that, but famous last words and all that. As one looks for reasons and scapegoats here, you have to start at the top. By that I mean Alex Cora. It feels crazy to say anything negative about the Red Sox manager after how amazing he was in 2018. It goes without saying that nothing Iím about to say should imply any thought of putting him on the hot seat or anything remotely close to that. Still, he has not had a good start to the season. His job is to put his players in the best position to succeed and get players ready to play. They are clearly not ready to play. I stand by my assertion that itís too early to question Coraís playing time plan in spring training, but with that time off he had to find a way to get these guys ready to play, if mentally over anything else. He has failed to do that. On a more micro level, I havenít been crazy about some of Coraís lineup decisions, particularly the fact that he has already flip-flopped multiple times on the Mookie Betts/Andrew Benintendi leadoff situation. Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY SportsGoing down a rung on the coaching staff, both Dan LeVangie and Tim Hyers havenít looked great here either. Itís always easy ó often too easy ó to place blame on pitching and hitting coaches, but when everyone is performing poorly you canít ignore it. LeVangieís rotation has been an unmitigated disaster tossing batting practice every day, and while the offense has scored a bunch of runs a disproportionate number of them have come in garbage time situations. Early in games theyíve let too many situations go by. Adjustments need to be made on both sides, and while I have total faith in both LeVangie and Hyers to find those adjustments, they havenít done so yet.That being said, blaming the coaching staff and even the manager feels too much like taking the blame away from the players, and thatís where this ultimately lies. At the end of the day Jeurys Familia Jersey , we are talking about a veteran team who know what it takes to come into a season strong, and theyíve failed terribly so far. The guys who are not playing as well as they should are the ones who deserve the most attention at the end of the day. Every pitcher in this rotation is performing poorly and the home run problem is on the verge of just being comical at this point (Iím not mad Iím actually laughing). They need to take responsibility and just make better pitching. The constant pointing at the lack of spring training work and Sandy Le贸n being taken off the roster are valid points, at least, but they also amount to making excuses. The pitchers have pitched poorly, full stop. The continued, never-ending frustration with Eduardo RodriguezKelley L Cox-USA TODAY SportsOn offense, like I said, the run totals are not bad. Theyíve had some good stretches with the bats, but ultimately the position player group has been disappointing just like the pitching staff. Early in games, even when they do come through and take early leads like they did on Friday, it has always seemed as though they are leaving runs on the table. Granted, no team is ever going to knock in every runner in scoring position, but the Red Sox are failing at a higher rate than they should. The team is also falling behind after the first pitch at far too high of a rate, leaving them on the defensive for a large chunk of their at bats. Itís led to weak contact and ground balls. On top of the offense, this team has made a lot of mistakes on the bases already ó how many times can one team be thrown out by Ram贸n Laureano before they learn! ó theyíve made eight errors and have had multiple instances of miscommunication in the field. Itís been one mistake after another in all facets of the game.Nothing here is going to be news to anyone reading it, and admittedly it has turned into more of a venting rant than anything else. Itís just frustrating to watch, though, as the Red Sox have stumbled out of the gate to an extent that no one could have expected. Starting on the road for 11 games in 11 days certainly hasnít helped, but again itís just making excuses. The fact of the matter is that everyone ó except maybe the bullpen; good job guys ó needs to play better regardless of the circumstances. This team is too talented to be so thoroughly embarrassed by three different teams. At the end of the day, though, itís only been nine games, right? Once, Terry Mulholland wore an Indians cap. He does now, on Baseball Reference. He also was efficient in letting Barry Bonds lay waste to him."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections NewsAnalysis & EditorialsCleveland Indians prospects & minor leaguesGame RecapsTransactionsAnalysis & EditorialsHistoryTerry Mulholland and other punished pitchers of the pastNew Mike Piazza Jersey ,5commentsOnce, Terry Mulholland wore an Indians cap. He does now, on Baseball Reference. He also was efficient in letting Barry Bonds lay waste to him. ESTShareTweetShareShareTerry Mulholland and other punished pitchers of the pastNeville E. Guard-USA TODAY SportsYou probably donít remember Terry Mulholland. Thereís no real reason you should, unless youíre one of those weirdos who fall head over heels for middling lefty relievers. And Mulholland was that, par excellence. Over a 20-year career, he pitched for 11 different teams in every part of the country in both leagues, from contender to cellar-dweller. He was the kind of guy who probably made my dad excited when I turned out to be left-handed. Mulholland caught my eye recently because, for some reason, heís got an Indians hat on when you search for him on Baseball Reference. Amid 11 teams, a 61-game stint has sealed itself on the Internet. Itís very strange, considering his resume. He also has one other special place in the history of Major League Baseball, at least as a footnote. He was one of the most-victimized pitchers in Barry Bondsí career. Which is certainly something to note, if not to be proud of. A lot of pitchers suffered at the hands of the greatest hitter of the last half century. It just happens that a guy the Indians employed for a brief time in the early 2000ís is one of them. The numbers are actually quite stunning, too. In 67 plate appearances, Mulholland allowed eight home runs to Bonds. Which doesnít sound like much, and really itís not even the most home runs a single pitcher gave up to Bonds. That would be Greg Maddux and John Smoltz, with nine. Mulholland, along with a couple other pitchers, was quite efficient in his work. He worked hard to compress that work into a nice tight sample size:Pitchers most efficient at allowing home runs to Barry BondsNamePAHROPSPA/HRNamePAHROPSPA/HRThis is a nice collection of middling 90ís pitching. Tim Hudson was pretty good, Tom Browning threw a perfectgame, but thereís names here that barely register. Itís really quite impressive the hell these men faced when Bonds stepped to the plate. Tapani in particular got truly blasted, to a degree heíd have wished he was Mulholland. Bonds was 12-for-22 with six walks against Tapani, who was saved at least by pitching only 13 games on an NL West roster. It would be amazing to think what Bonds would have done to him had he had a few seasonsí worth of chance to face him as a Padre or Dodger or Rockie.And that, too http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-tim-tebow-jersey , is part of what makes Mulholland so peculiar to me, why his name jumped out, along with Denny Neagle and Pete Schourek. More so than they would otherwise. Bonds, being a left-handed hitter, was supposed to be susceptible to the lefty pitching. And he was, at least somewhat. His OPS against right-handers was 1.084 for his career, and ďjustĒ .986 against southpaws. All three of those guys ó Neagle, Schourek and Mulholland, men whose careers were built mostly on being able to do one single thing - get out left-handed hitters -were creamed by Bonds. He did it quite a bit to a lot of lefties, but usually for 25 or 30 plate appearances. When weíre dealing with twice that number you start to feel like he had something against these guys. Or maybe they were just terrible, or caught in a Bondsian buzzsaw, I donít know. Actually, probably that last thing.If you were curious, no, Mulholland did not face Bonds when he was on Cleveland. The two last squared off in 2002 before the Indians traded for the crafty lefty, with Bonds homering and walking against Mulholland on April 3rd. It was Bondsí 571st. After that Mulholland was mercifully freed of the devil that hounded him all those years. He was never a milestone, not like Terry Adams (500) or Kip Wells (600) or Jake Peavy (700) or Byung-Hun Kim (715) or Mike Bacsik (756). Heís just a little blip, barely a percentage point, of the total output of what Bonds did to baseball. Bonds probably doesnít remember Terry Mulholland - though some of these guys have the most weirdly exact memory of each and every pitch they see - and he surely doesnít remember Mulholland as an Indian. But he sure left an impression on the lefty. I wonder if Mulholland thinks back to those 67 plate appearances and whether he thinks fondly of the nine times he struck Bonds out, or whether heís jolted awake at night by a loud crack of a bat ringing in his ears and a half-remembered image of a glowering behemoth jogging a circle around him. Mulholland, like so many pitchers, lived a career on the margins. Bonds simply eliminated that margin better than any man living.

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