I can't think of a better adjective to describe the Red Sox performance in the first three games in this Tampa Bay series than that. The Sox seem like they are sleepwalking through this week. Granted, no one could touch Scott Kazmir on Monday night, but Tuesday the home run balls were flying again for the Devil Rays, and on Wednesday, well, Jason Johnson started again for the Red Sox.
Let's hope we've seen the last of him. That is, in a Red Sox uniform.
It seemed like EVERYTHING the Devil Rays hit against Johnson, even the outs and foul balls, were rockets. It was a score that could have and should have been worse. Carl Crawford's steal of home was inexcusable, as Johnson never looked at Crawford while he was standing at third base. The Red Sox took a flyer on Johnson and it didn't work. Admit your mistake, DFA him and move on. Perhaps give Kyle Snyder another shot.
The Yankees bounced back from the huge loss on Tuesday to beat the Indians and cut the Sox lead to three games. It was a weird night in Tampa in that when the Sox fell behind, 5-2 in the fourth, it seemed like they were finished for the night. And in TAMPA! When was the last time you could say that? Granted the D-Rays are no pushover anymore, and they got quality starts from Casey Fossum and Tim Corcoran. (Who?)
It seemed like the Red Sox were mailing it in, and that they were waiting for the All-Star break to come. They still have an important three game series with the White Sox (who just happen to be the defending champions) in Chicago before the three-day vacation begins.
We better see a quality effort in the Tampa finale, otherwise, second place could be beckoning.