David Ortiz

David Ortiz: 'I think our pitching will be fine'

Ryan Hannable
May 03, 2015 - 9:06 pm

The Red Sox were swept at home by the Yankees in a series lasting three games or more for the first time since August of 2006. The team is in a bit of a funk, losing 10 of their last 15 games to fall under .500 for the first time all season. The biggest issue is the pitching, specifically the starting rotation. The starters had a collective ERA of 5.52 going into play Sunday, the worst in baseball, and got even worse with Joe Kelly allowing five runs in just 4 2/3 innings. Slugger David Ortiz isn't worried. "I think our pitching will be fine," Ortiz said. "It's just a matter of time. We have a lot of young talented pitchers and for a lot of them this is a new division. They are pitching against guys that they probably haven't seen before. I'm pretty sure they will make adjustments at some point." Despite the struggles on the mound, the Red Sox' offense has been able to keep them in many games. Through the first 25 games the team is averaging 4.88 runs a game. Their grit was on display Sunday night when they rallied from a 8-0 deficit with a five-run sixth inning, and then loaded the bases in the ninth, before ultimately falling 8-5. "Yeah. I mean, you never check out until the game is over," said Ortiz. "We've always been able to do that and that's the game. You have to be able to fight through it all the way until the end of the game." With the team now four games behind the Yankees for first place in the AL East and in fourth place overall, Ortiz said the team just needs to get back to how they were playing to open the year. "We got to back to start playing better," he said. "That's the only way you can bounce back and go back to the old days just like the beginning of the season."