The PawSox 7-game road trip wasn’t a total disaster.
I got to see my dad in Buffalo.
I enjoyed an epic feast at Daddio’s Pizza with Hyder, his daughter Carly, and the PawSox Director of Security Rick Medeiros.
And . . . that’s about it.
It was a rough trip for the team as the PawSox went 1-6 and got outscored 27-8.
That’s not a misprint; the team scored a total of 8 runs on a 7-game trip.
Pawtucket got shutout in the last two games and has been blanked in 15 games this season (10 times in the last 56 games).
As a result, the PawSox are 10-games under .500 for the first time this year at 48-58, and a season-worst 12 games out of first place.
So why is manager Ron Johnson feeling optimistic these days? Because on paper, the lineup is starting to look pretty formidable.
Jeff Bailey is expected to be in the lineup on Monday night at McCoy Stadium as he begins a rehab stint with the PawSox. Bailey has been out of action since suffering a high ankle sprain on the 4th of July.
(photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor)
When Bailey was called-up by Boston on June 30th, the PawSox were 6 games over .500 and 3 games out of first place.
“He brings a veteran presence to the ballclub and it’s a positive, business-like approach that I think the club has missed,” RJ told me. “At the same time, I love when he’s in the big leagues, but I’m just happy that he’s playing again.”
The PawSox have averaged fewer than 3 runs a game while losing 23 of their last 29 games, but RJ expects the scoreboard to start lighting up soon.
“With the acquisition of Brian Anderson to go with Chris Duncan, Chris Carter, and now Bailey, you might be looking at me strange, but I really think this last month at McCoy we could do some fun stuff,” Johnson said.
Monday night would be a great time to start.
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The PawSox have tinkered with the rotation, as Charlie Zink has been penciled in to start Tuesday afternoon’s game against Scranton/WB. If Michael Bowden, Billy Traber, and Kris Johnson follow in the first three games of the Norfolk series, that would put Junichi Tazawa in line to start the “Futures at Fenway” game next Saturday afternoon.
If that happens, I suspect it would not be a coincidence.
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The PawSox open a 6-game homestand on Monday night against Scranton/WB with Enrique Gonzalez on the mound. I hope you’ll join us for the radio call beginning with the pre-game show at 6:50 on the PawSox radio network and PawSox.com.