Ordinarily, however, a club's poor play can be traced to a single element. Maybe the starting pitching is off. Or perhaps the bats have gone cold. For others, it's a series of bullpen implosions that are the root of the problem.
But for the 2019 Red Sox, not-so-proud owners of a 2-7 record, it isn't that simple.
It isn't just the hitting or the pitching or the defensive play.