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Lowell's frustration highlights Red Sox issues

Posted on: May 18, 2010 5:48 pm
 
NEW YORK -- The tensions of losing are starting to show with the Red Sox.

Issues between catcher Victor Martinez and starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka were significant to prompt a pregame meeting Tuesday. While that meeting was going on, Mike Lowell sat at his locker and openly wished for a way out of his personal limbo.

"Sometimes you feel the team might be better off if you're not on it," said Lowell, the one-time third baseman who has seen his already limited playing time disappear with the revival of David Ortiz's bat.

Lowell said he has even considered asking the team to release him, but said he has not discussed that with Red Sox management.

And when manager Terry Francona was asked about Lowell expressing his frustrations, Francona gave a brusque answer.

"He hasn't to me," Francona said, repeating the same answer when the question was asked again.

Francona did spend time with Martinez and Matsuzaka, not surprising given the number of times Matsuzaka shook off his catcher Monday night against the Yankees, and given the way Martinez reacted after Monday's game as he talked about the shake-offs.

"I'm just back there trying to help him go through the game," Martinez said.

Francona said he doesn't mind the shake-offs, but he clearly doesn't want the problems to become so public.

"I think it was frustration showing," he said. "My point to both of them is we need to find out how to make it better."

It's a lot harder for the Red Sox to make Lowell's situation better, unless they do indeed release him (and that seems unlikely at this point). With Ortiz starting to hit, with Kevin Youkilis at first base and Adrian Beltre at third, there's really nowhere for Lowell to play.

And with Ortiz heating up, Lowell said he fully understood the decision to use Ortiz as the designated hitter Tuesday, even against left-hander CC Sabathia.

"I actually think it's right to keep him in the lineup," Lowell said.

But that doesn't help him any.

"It's painfully evident I don't have a role on the team," he said.

And it's painfully evident that the Red Sox have issues, beyond their 19-20 record.
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Lowell isn't the biggest problem for the red sox its pitching and when you don't have pitching you don't win here's a solution move saisuke to the bullpen or give him a AAA tuneup because he is not that great hes a starting pitcher with over 7 ERA. When you habe a ERA like that something is wrong and you don't deserve to start. Other problem the red sox have is david ortiz and the offense, the red sox can't seem to consistently get hitys from the DH no matter who it is and in order to win games in the AL especially in the AL East your DH has to produce. The Red Sox need to show somwe passion for the game of baseball and so far they haven't showed it to me they're lucky to be 500. Show some production red sox and change the pitching rotation around wakefield.



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