Bobby Valentine's first few weeks as manager of the Boston Red Sox have been an unmitigated disaster -- massive payroll and all, the BoSox are 4-10, dead last by far in the American League East, and fans in the Hub have been quick to criticize the manager.
But according to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, Boston general manager Ben Cherington has come out and voiced his support for Valentine, saying he's "very satisfied" with the manager's performance thus far despite the poor results on the field.
“The players will always influence wins and losses more than anybody else,” Cherington said. “That’s no different here. He’s doing the best he can with the roster he has. It’ll get better. He knows that, and I know that. Along the way, if changes need to be made on the roster, that’s my responsibility.”
Most notable among the Red Sox' struggling players are the big-name hurlers at the top of their rotation -- Jon Lester (0-2, 5.82 ERA), Josh Beckett (1-2, 5.03) and Clay Buchholz (1-1, 9.00) have all struggled mightily. Not to mention the bullpen, which blew a 9-0 lead against the New York Yankees yesterday in an eventual 15-9 loss. “We’re 4-10, and our pitching performance hasn’t been good,” Cherington said. “You can’t just hope something will get better. You have to look at things objectively and try to find ways to improve it. There’s more urgency to find ways to make it improve. There’s no one way to do that. We’ve got to look at all ways.”