BOSTON — Kyle Weiland had a great opportunity to put the Red Sox on his back and carry them to victory Monday. Or, at the very least, give them a quality start, something that has been hard to find this month.
After allowing six runs (five earned) in 4 2/3 innings of a 6-5 loss, Weiland reflected on a chance that went by the board.
"I think it says a lot that they keep giving me the ball," Weiland said after his fifth major league start and second in a span of five days. "It's just that's something that I need to capitalize on and I trust myself. I believe in myself. Obviously, they trust me to go out there and give them a chance to win, so it's really frustrating that I haven't kept it within range and gotten us deeper in games and give us a better chance."
Weiland became the 12th Boston starter in the last 18 games to throw five innings or fewer, a scenario which is destroying the team. The Sox are constantly playing from behind and consistently needing big efforts out of the pen. It's no surprise that they've lost 14 of those 18 games.
Early on, it looked as if Weiland might end that dismal trend. He struck out four in the first two innings, both of them perfect. The sun caused multiple issues with fly balls to left in the third, leading to two runs, one earned.
Then Weiland gave up two home runs in the fourth and another in the fifth. He left after a two-out walk to Vladimir Guerrero.
For whatever reason, Weiland's approach has changed the second and third time he has faced guys.
"Obviously, I trust [my stuff] early in games and get on a roll, but I got to stay aggressive throughout the game," he said. "It can't just be a one, two-inning thing. Tough when you go down two runs in the third. The team comes back in and scraps one across the board. That's my job to go back out there and get us back in the dugout as soon as possible and to do that you got to stay aggressive, go right at guys. I didn’t do that."