Red Sox manager Cora disappointed with 2022: 'We just didn't perform'
Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora isn't happy with how the 2022 campaign turned out for his team after they were officially eliminated from postseason contention on Sunday.
"Disappointed," Cora said, according to MassLive's Christopher Smith. "We felt like we had a good team coming into the season, and we just didn't perform. We were very inconsistent in a lot of aspects of the game. And we've just got to get better."
The Red Sox entered this season with essentially the same core of players that won 92 games in 2021.
Down years from several players, including J.D. Martinez, and injuries to Trevor Story and Chris Sale were problematic, but the team also didn't contribute in a number of important categories.
The Red Sox rank ninth among AL clubs in FanGraphs' offensive rating and are one of the worst defensive teams in the league. Substandard results from the team's starting rotation, as well as one of the AL's worst bullpens, didn't help matters, either.
It's also been a bit of a dramatic season for the Red Sox after popular players like Christian Vazquez and Kevin Plawecki were traded or released, reportedly causing confusion in the clubhouse and creating bitterness toward the front office.
There have also been unresolved contract negotiations between the Red Sox and star players Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts. Bogaerts can opt out of his current contract at the end of the season, while Devers is eligible for free agency in 2024.
Boston enters Monday last in the American League East at 72-80.