Farrell acknowledges need for more wins as hot seat warms

Brandon Wile 2h ago

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Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell is fully aware that his club has not met expectations almost two months into the season.

The Red Sox have dropped three of their last four games and open a three-game set with the red-hot Texas Rangers on Tuesday at Fenway Park sitting at 22-21.

With pressure mounting, it was reported Tuesday that some Red Sox players do not believe their skipper backs them enough to the media when they’re struggling, and some in-game management decisions have been scrutinized.

“All I can do is my very best to win games, and let’s face it we need to win more games,” Farrell told MLB Network Radio on Tuesday in response to being on the hot seat.

The Red Sox sat in a tie atop the AL East on April 18, but haven’t been any higher than third place since. Injuries have played a role in their unbalanced play but they can’t fully be to blame. Reinforcements are on their way, however, and it will be interesting to see how the club responds when David Price, Pablo Sandoval, Brock Holt, Carson Smith, and potentially Tyler Thornburg return from the disabled list next month.

Farrell is 361-330 (.522) in five seasons with the Red Sox. He helped lead the team to a World Series in 2013, though the team has two last-place finishes and have yet to win a playoff game since. Boston won the division last season, and were eventually swept by the Cleveland Indians in the American League Division Series.

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