The Red Sox did nothing to support the cast this winter and now they are biting

When your most competitive afternoon bid comes from a franchise icon’s 9-year-old son, that means your home opener belongs in the compost bin.

Such was the case on Friday at Fenway Park, as youngster Lee Vaughn pumped a high-speed ball into Kevin Blawicki’s glove as part of a ceremonial first pitch alongside his father Mo. A Red Sox employee we long feared would end up wearing the “trapped” mod.

The nightmare scenario of this season is that the Red Sox simply do not play. They might come in a ton, but there are probably better slogans than the World Championships “Ivaldi, Whitlock and Passing Hemlock.”

The takeaway from Red Sox vs. Twins: Pivita hits as Boston drops opener

Friday’s home opener ended early and made a potentially long summer after losing 8-4 to the Twins. Starter Nick Pivetta only lasted two rounds, allowing a home shot to Miguel Sano and four runs. He’s your player number 2.

This was followed by a procession of painkillers and one of them had to give up, in this case Hirokazu Sawamura, who allowed two hits and two runs in two rounds, the damage done to the fish-eye beyond the drawn area. Diving Xander Bogarts. Later, Matt Barnes retracted a mini comeback by allowing twice in the ninth round.

While it’s fair to criticize crime on a day that featured more than just a single homer from Alex Verdugo, two more wives from Jackie Bradley Jr. and a late home escape from Raphael Devers, in the big picture, the Red Sox will score. This is not a long-term problem.

On the other hand, the pitching crew? Oof.

Chaim Bloom and baseball operations have done nothing to tackle the top of their rotation this off-season, unless you count letting Eduardo Rodriguez walk free agency.

They assumed a whole, healthy season from left-handed Chris Seal, and it’s not a second guess to say they should have had a Plan B. Sal broke a rib during the lockdown and will be out until at least June. The best case scenario is that he comes back to make a difference. Worse, it cost him a sunken $145 million. Gun in my head, I’m placing my last bet.

Replacements Michael Washa and Rich Hill are all well shown, all things considered, in their respective beginnings, but they are short-term solutions for a reason. Veteran Bloom’s tallest gainer, rehab left player James Paxton, could end up becoming Ramon Martinez for all we know, a constant source of promise rather than results. And he can hardly guarantee that he will contribute anything in 2022.

Beyond Eovaldi and Whitlock, it’s hard to feel complacent about any pitcher on the staff. The third player tanner hook walks around the strike zone. The Wacha ERA hasn’t posted under 5.00 since 2019. Hill is cunning and fiery, but he’s 42 and probably good for 20 starts.

The game of bulls behind Whitlock and Matt you’ll probably see them depends on the day. Hansel Robles coped well, but could have a heart attack at his command. Ryan Brazier is still trying to regain his speed. Barnes has yet to make a slim lead, and was unable to find the plate on Friday. Jake Dickman looked great in New York and then missed out on Detroit. And it goes on and on.

This is what happens when an urgent need is not addressed. The Red Sox prioritized fixing their rotation over a permanent solution. Mariners sign 2021 MLS winner Robbie Ray for five years and $115 million. The Blue Jays replaced him with All-Star Kevin Gussman for five years and $110 million. Cubs added Marcus Stroman. The giants collided with Carlos Rodon.

There were guns available, and the Red Sox kept sifting the mule instead of the tuna. When Friday’s defeat ended Bobby Dalbeck’s strike, the 36,000 in attendance let out a small hum and then silently advanced toward the exits.

What I’m afraid of is that the crew of this Red Sox show ensures there’s a lot more to come from this summer.