Manager Terry Francona's squad has lost four in a row and eight of 11, and it seems that each facet of the team's game is sinking. The focus heading into this season was on pitching and defense — and after one glance at the lineups of their AL East foes, bolstering those aspects of the Sox roster was a no-brainer.
The team added another ace and balanced out its defense with the additions of two Gold Glovers, but in a power-packed AL East, many Nation dwellers feel that these additions simply won't cut it. The offense, which received sour reviews heading into the regular season, has lacked the punch it had in past years. Is this because of the team's current personnel, or is it simply overmatched when lined up against Boston's most recent opponents?
In a division with such high-octane offensive players as Mark Teixeira, Carlos Pena, Alex Rodriguez, Evan Longoria, Derek Jeter, Adam Lind, Robinson Cano, Aaron Hill and Carl Crawford, the Red Sox appear to be at the bottom of the AL East if and when it comes down to a battle of the bats.
The Yankees, Rays and Twins outslugged, outswiped and outhit the Red Sox in the opening two weeks of the highly anticipated 2010 season. Is this a sign of things to come? Do the Red Sox have enough offense to contend in the AL East this season?
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