Boston Red Sox: 5 Things We Learned from the Toronto Series

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Boston Red Sox: 5 Things We Learned from the Toronto Series
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The Red Sox wasted a good performance from Jon Lester on Wednesday, and dropped two out of three overall to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Although the Red Sox showed signs of improvement, they once again lost another series and now head to Fenway Park 1-5 and desperately in need of a win.

The Toronto Blue Jays proved that they are going to be a pest in the AL East all year, and very well could end up finishing ahead of the Sox. They showed that they can hit and that they also have a certified ace in Ricky Romero, who held the Sox to just one earned run in 8.1 innings of work.

In many ways, though, the Sox were their own worst enemies in this series. They went a paltry 4-for-23 with runners in scoring position, leaving 19 runners on base over the three games. No matter what team they’re playing, if the Sox keep producing numbers like those then they are going to lose a lot of games this season.

Kevin Youkilis continued to struggle, going 2-for-12 in the series, with both of his hits coming in Tuesday night’s 7-3 loss. What is more troubling about Youkilis’ rough start is the fact that the “Greek God of Walks” has yet to draw a free pass this season but does have an abundant strikeout total (six in 20 at-bats). It seems that Youkilis is expanding the zone for pitchers by chasing pretty much everything, and the pitchers are exacerbating the problem by giving him nothing to hit.

The offense as a whole sputtered, hitting a meager .200 (19-for-95) against a relatively pedestrian Toronto pitching staff. The low offensive output (eight runs in three games) put the pitching staff in a precarious position with no margin for error, and the Sox paid for this lack of support in dropping two of three games.

Despite the team’s struggles, though, there were some positives to be taken from this rough three game stretch. Here are five of them:

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