In this Aug. 1, 2020, file photo, Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Zack Godley throws during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the New York Yankees in New York. Boston's pitching staff has struggled so far this season. Credit: John Minchillo | AP


If you want to be safe during the pandemic, wear a mask over your mouth and nose.

If you’re watching the Red Sox pitch, wear one over your eyes.

To quote “Major League:” “I’ve never heard of half of these guys.”

If only it was just that bad. I don’t even know HALF of the Red Sox pitchers.

“Who started for the Red Sox last night?”

“[Josh] Osich.”

Well then.

Every night, aside from Nathan Eovaldi, the Boston Red Sox, not even two years removed from 108 wins, a World Series title and arguably the greatest club in team history, can’t even field a five-man rotation of major league pitching.

And that’s not all. They can’t field a major league bullpen, either. Brandon Workman (ugh), Matt Barnes and (double ugh) and Heath Hembree can (maybe) pitch in the bigs, but the rest of these yahoos?

Every night is a parade of journeymen in their 30’s who don’t throw fastballs. These pitchers, if they were left-handed and got outs, would be called crafty. But they’re not and they don’t, so they’re called junk-ballers.

Every day, the Mookie Betts trade gets worse. (Yes, even Monday when Mookie got hurt, it still got worse for the Red Sox). When the trade was made it seemed like the Red Sox got nothing, and now when you look back, we got less than nothing!

When Chaim Bloom traded Chris Archer to the Pittsburgh Pirates, he got back Tyler Glasnow and Austin Meadows. For Chris Archer.

Mookie Betts is worth a multitude of what Chris Archer is and the Red Sox got back a fourth outfielder. The upside of trading a super star player is netting some top prospects to stock the farm system and maybe someday down the road, one or two might become all-stars.

The Red Sox farm system is so barren the bank won’t even foreclose on it, and for the best home-grown player since Carl Yastrzemski, they got back a bench player.

Bill Parcells once said, “The horse is dead, quit kicking it.”

That feels like what I’m doing here but, golly, watching the Red Sox trot out pitchers that Lou Brown would have cut from Cleveland camp while Mookie Betts hits home runs into swimming pools, it’s hard not to bellyache a little.

Like everything else happening right now, I hope it’s only temporary, but fear the long lasting ramifications.

Sterling Pingree Credit: Maine Sports Chowdah

Sterling Pingree is the senior staff writer for Jeff Solari’s Maine Sports Chowdah newsletter and a co-host of the 3 Point Stance Podcast with NFL veteran Mike DeVito and Aaron Jackson. An avid golfer, Pingree has been a member for more than a decade at Bangor Muni. He is a native of Kingfield and was a 4-year letterman in basketball and baseball at Mount Abram High School.

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Jeff Solari is the president and founder of the Sports Chowdah, Maine’s only free, weekly sports email newsletter. Recently, the Mount Desert Island native was the co-host of "The Drive" on 92.9 FM in...