According to the Globe today, the Sox have hit 4 homers in the past 12 games. They have a commanding lead in the standings, and two sluggers in the middle of the lineup. Neither are, um, slugging.
So, where's the power?
Mike Lowell and Ortiz are tied for the team lead in HRs at 13! Can I remind you that we are just a few games from the All-Star break?
Now, HRs aren't everything. The Sox have scored 411 runs so far in 83 games. 4.95 runs/game if anyone cares. They are also 21 games over .500 at this point.
So, is there any reason for concern? I think so. The lack of pop in the lineup means that pitchers aren't paying for their mistakes. This could also hurt them come the post-season as teams need the long ball because stringing together solid at-bats against great pitching is tough. It can be done, but having power helps.
Magadan is the hitting coach. He was never known for power. He was a great contact hitter that sprayed the ball all over the place. Could he be the reason?
They have plenty of time and a big enough lead to really look at this situation. Yes, they need another reliever (although Timlin's last two outings have been more like his old self, Delcarmen has been impressive, and Oki and Paps have been great). But, they could definitely use another bat. Don't know who that is, or where you would play them once they got here...but I am sure the Front Office can figure that out...