Yet another loss to a crap team on Friday.
The Red Sox lost to the lowly Cubs, 3-0, on Friday. The Cubs were 21-42, baseball worst record, and 14 1/2 games behind the NL Central leading Cincinnati Reds. And they could manage no runs, on a measly five hits.
Granted, the Cubs' Ryan Dempster is having a superb year, and extended his scoreless streak to 22 innings today. But if the Red Sox really entertain any notion about being a playoff contender, they have to beat teams like the Cubs. They are now 17-14 in 2012 against teams under .500.
The Evil Dice-K made an appearance in the first inning today: he walked the bases loaded, as he was doing that nibbling crap he's noted for, and it really cost him. He then allowed a two-run double to Steve Clevenger, and that's all the Cubs would need. They added another in the second inning. Matsuzaka did settle down and went six innings.
The Cubs have one of the worst offenses in MLB, and probably the worst pen in baseball, too.
And the Sox couldn't beat them.
Times ain't good, folks.
And if all this isn't bad enough, Josh Beckett will miss his start on Sunday night due to shoulder inflammation. He'll be replaced by Franklin Morales. Bloody hell.