For the most part, the top of the Red Sox' lineup this season has been a graveyard — both in production and, also, excitement generated to set the tone for this team.
Once again, AndrewBenintendi was in the top spot for the Red Sox and it was a predictable disaster: 0 for 4, three strikeouts and five left on base, to sink his average to .061 this season. He literally has no clue up at the plate, and he just needs to go down to the bottom of the order while he sorts this all out.
Rafael Devers and J.D. Martinez haven't been much better, and they were a combined 0 for 8 with five strikeouts and seven left on base on Friday night.
With that at the top of the lineup, it's a wonder the Red Sox ever score any runs.
"I think about this all the time," said Ron Roenicke. "What we should do, how we can jumpstart the offense."