Dustin Pedroia

Dustin Pedroia: 'Everybody's pissed' about Red Sox' recent struggles

Ryan Hannable
May 22, 2015 - 8:06 pm
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There were no chairs thrown, no yelling or screaming, but the message was clear, the Red Sox not happy with the way things are going. The Red Sox allowed nine runs in the fifth inning en route to a 12-5 defeat by the Angels at Fenway Park Friday night. It was their second straight loss and fourth in their last five games. They are now 8-12 at home, and even with the five runs scored, they are only averaging 2.45 runs per game in May with 13 of the 20 games scoring two runs or fewer. "Everybody's pissed. Obviously not playing well," Dustin Pedroia said. Overall the Red Sox are 19-23 on the year, 7-13 in the month of May and 10-18 over their last 28 games. They've have had a few team meetings over the past few weeks with Pedroia speaking at least one of them. The second baseman seemed like it was past the point of holding another meeting. "Less talk more play," he said. "We've all been around long enough to know that doesn't work," he added. "You have to show up day in and day out and have the right process. If everybody plays together then we're winning. Right now all aspects of our game aren't together and when they aren't together you're not going to win." On a night where the Red Sox scored more runs than they had in their previous nine games, they didn't get the performance from the mound they had been accustomed to from Rick Porcello, who allowed seven runs in just 4 1/3 innings after the team had won his last five starts. Red Sox starters had a string of eight straight games going at least five innings and allowing two earned runs or less. "There's definite frustration," manager John Farrell said. "That's shared by all in our clubhouse and who work day in and day out. We all know and we expect more from ourselves -- that is a given, that's repeatedly discussed and talked about and in the moment we have to go out and execute more consistently and do a better job all the way around." The team has many of its biggest players under-performing -- Mike Napoli is hitting .182, Daniel Nava just .167, the right field position .169 and the catcher's position (although not a priority) .186. "A lot of frustration," Xander Bogaerts said. "We know we're better than this. We're a team capable doing a lot of damage, winning a lot of ballgames and it hasn't been going so far." Fortunately for the Red Sox, despite their play they are far from out of anything in the AL East, as it is the worst division in baseball. Even though the Red Sox are four games below .500, they are just 4 1/2 games out of first place. Although, they are the only team in the division with a negative run differential, coming in at minus-42. "We're going to be fine," Porcello said. "We're going to come out of this thing and work to be consistent both offensively and the pitching wise. You just have to keep pushing, keep working and grinding through this."