Red Sox manager Terry Francona made his weekly appearance on The Big Show show Wednesday to talk about his club's struggles.
At 2-9, the Sox have the worst record in baseball. Francona was asked if it's too early in the season to worry about the team's performance.
"I don't know, if it was 30 games and we were still struggling, I wouldn't throw in the towel," said Francona. "We're going to continue to fight. This is too good a team with too much potential. We had a horrendous first 10 games, I mean it's been awful. … It's our responsibility to find a way to fix it."
Starting pitching was a concern of some heading into the season, but many pegged the Sox lineup as the best in baseball. Through 11 games it has been anything but the juggernaut most expected, hitting just .230 with a .348 slugging percentage.
"It's probably your worst fear," said Francona of the slow offensive start. "Any...
Sports Illustrated NBA writer Chris Mannix joined the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday afternoon to talk about the upcoming playoffs.
Mannix said the Celtics have a favorable first-round matchup in the Knicks. Said Mannix: "I think going up against the Knicks for two reasons is good, because No. 1, the defense. They're not going to play a lot of it. Boston's going to get a lot of open looks. And I think their confidence will be restored in their offensive ability because of that.
"No. 2, I think the natural rivalry that exists. these two teams haven't' played [in the playoffs] in something like 21 years, but there still is a lot of bad blood between these two teams. There's a lot of a natural rivalry there. Paul Pierce has said repeatedly he loves playing and winning at Madison Square Garden. And I think the fire in this series is going to start to stir some of those competitive juices in the Celtics.
"I kind of think in a lot...
Game 1 of the Celtics first round playoff series with the Knicks is set for 7 p.m. on Sunday at TD Garden. The rest of the series will be finalized after the Western Conference matchups are set. The Game 1 schedule for the other East series is as follows:
Indiana at Chicago, Saturday 1 p.m.
Philadelphia at Miami, Saturday 3:30 p.m.
Atlanta at Orlando, Saturday 7 p.m.
For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.
Hall of Fame baseball reporter and MLB Network analyst Peter Gammons made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday to talk about the Red Sox' struggles.
Gammons speculated that the Red Sox will attempt to call off Wednesday's game early due to both the rain and the team's need for a break. "A couple of days of breathers wouldn't be a bad thing at this point," he said.
Regarding the 2-9 start, "I think everyone is completely shocked," Gammons said of the team's reaction, adding, "I don't get a sense of anger as much as, 'What in the world is going on here?' I liken it to what's going through Albert Pujols' mind when he's hitting about .170 right now, going, 'This is impossible.' A lot of weird things have happened."
Gammon said Daisuke Matsuzaka's performance on Monday appeared to show that the pitcher is frustrated with the team's request to throw more strikes. "It was one of the...
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Danny recaps the Red Sox 7-2 win over the Orioles
Danny Picard recaps the Red Sox 5-3 win over the Blue Jays.
Who is to blame for the Red Sox 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays? Danny points the finger.
John, Gerry and Kirk discuss the killing of Harambe the gorilla to save a four-year old boy. Was there another option besides shooting? Should the boy's parents be held accountable?
The guys talk Red Sox pitching and the problems that could arise with Buchholz struggles.
Mike Mutnansky, Butch Stearns, and Jon Meterparel discuss the absence of Malcolm Butler at last week's OTAs and replay a sound byte of Butler from May 21st on WEEI not wanting to discuss his contract. Is Malcolm Butler headed for a contract dispute, and how valuable is he?More from this show