A pair of St. Louis Cardinals favorites continue to struggle for the Boston Red Sox.
Starting pitcher Joe Kelly has been unable to find a groove while hurling in the American League while first baseman and corner outfielder Allen Craig is having a difficult time even getting into the lineup.
Kelly, who gained a bit of attention in the spring when he jokingly predicted he would win the American League Cy Young Award this season, has given up five earned runs of each of his last three outings to see his earned run average balloon to 5.72 with a 1-1 record.
Craig is hitting .135 with one home run in only 37 at-bats so far this season. He’s struck out 10 times and walked three.
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While it would seem Kelly will have ample opportunity to right himself in the Boston starting rotation, Craig will have a hard time breaking into the Red Sox starting lineup.
Boston is paying big money to left fielder Hanley Ramirez, signed as a free agent over the 2014-15 off-season as well as first baseman Mike Napoli and designated hitter David Ortiz. His best chance seems to be right field where Shane Victorino was hitting .143 before ending up on the disabled list. But utility player Brock Holt has picked up the slack in right with a .347 average and a .429 on-base percentage through 49 at-bats.
Kelly and Craig were swapped to Boston at the trade deadline in 2014. St. Louis got veteran starting pitcher John Lackey in return.
Lackey is 1-1 with a 3.69 ERA this season with St. Louis.