The Red Sox are a season-high 10 games below .500. (Winslow Townson/Getty Images)

Xander Bogaerts: 'No one expected us to be in this situation, but that's a reality right now'

Ryan Hannable
June 14, 2015 - 3:15 pm
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Coming into the 2015 season, after the Red Sox went out and added Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval to bolster their weak 2014 offense and also acquired adequate starting pitchers in the offseason, the good vibes and strong expectations were there to open the year. And yet, that hasn't carried over into the actual games as the Red Sox are currently 10 games under .500 at 27-37 and are a season-high eight games out of first place in the AL East. As a comparison, through 64 games last year, a season in which the Red Sox finished last in the AL East, they were 29-35. "No one expected us to be in this situation, but that's a reality right now," Xander Bogaerts said after Sunday's 13-5 loss to the Blue Jays -- a weekend sweep at home. The toughest thing for Bogaerts and the team is they cannot execute the little things within games to catch a break or two. In the first inning the Red Sox loaded the bases against Jays starter Marcus Estrada and Bogaerts stepped to the plate with one out. He lined a shot right at third baseman Josh Donaldson who was able to easily double off Hanley Ramirez at second base. "What to do? I mean, I put a good swing on it and it goes right to the third baseman," Bogaerts said. "Obviously, it's definitely frustrating because we could have got on the board right there." While manager John Farrell maintains the effort is there, it's the mental side of things that is coming back to hurt the team, as evident by Ramirez getting doubled off to end the first inning threat. "That has got to be through some anticipation of the given play," Farrell said. "We get doubled off in a bases loaded situation in the first inning. Head high line drive, you're schooled to fight back and do what you can to get back safety. That didn't happen. When you monitor the preparation, you monitor the at-bats inside of a given game, I don't see at-bats being given away. I don't see us dogging it in any way. Things aren't going our way I know that." The mental miscues continued in the fourth and fifth innings when the Blue Jays plated a total of 10 runs. In particular, in the fifth inning there were two outs when Chris Colabello lofted a fly ball into shallow right-center where four Red Sox players converged and Bogaerts settled under it. But, having a better angle and coming in, De Aza called him off, but couldn't get there in time and the ball dropped in, extending the inning, which the Blue Jays ultimately scored four times. "We get a ball in the following inning after the six runs that's an aggressive call off by De Aza coming in from right field where Xander is camped under it," Farrell said. "It opens up the door for a couple more consecutive hits and a four-run inning. It's a 10-run hole that we're in." The Red Sox were swept for the fourth time overall this season and their run differential of minus-60 is the worst in the American League -- something no one would have ever believed if that was said what would happen leading up to the season. Since the start of 2014, the Red Sox have been swept at home 10 times, compared to Terry Francona's eight seasons, when they were just six times. "It's definitely not fun," Bogaerts said. "No one wants to be losing on a daily basis like this. It's no fun for sure."

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