SPORTS TALK: Can the Red Sox get in the playoff hunt?

Posted April 23, 2011, at 3:43 a.m.

Despite the acquisition of All-Stars Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez, the Boston Red Sox had struggled to a 7-11 start entering Friday night’s game at Anaheim.

Can the Red Sox still get back into the playoff hunt?

Old Town High School baseball coach Dave Utterback: “Absolutely. The pitching is coming around and the offense will get there once they find the lineup combination that is right for them.”

George Stevens Academy baseball coach Dan Kane: “Yes. The Red Sox are a group of professionals. They’re very similar to what the Yankees have. They have proven veterans. They’ll always be in the hunt as long as they stay healthy.”

Bangor High School coach Jeff Fahey: “Absolutely. I guess it’s because we have enough quality players. Over a 162-game schedule, there’s going to be a lot of ups and downs. Theirs (downs) has come at the beginning. If they’re still not playing well in July, they’re probably in trouble. They’ve had some pretty good pitching performances. (Josh) Beckett has had three good starts. I’m not complete sold on (John) Lackey, but even Daisuke (Matsuzaka) was very good his last time out. (Jon) Lester will always be good. I think I heard an announcer say (Clay) Buchholz hasn’t pitched his best yet. I think they’ve got the pitching to do it. I’d like to see them shore up the bullpen a little bit. They have enough good players. Over the long haul, it will all even out.”

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