Red Sox Assistant Hitting Coach Andy Barkett preaches patience after Red Sox win

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The Red Sox World Series title defense has not gotten off to the best start, to say the least. They improved to 12-17 on the year with their 9-4 win Monday night, and now sit 7.5 games back of first place in the AL East. 

Boston is 22nd in runs scored this season, 22nd in batting average, 20th in on-base percentage and 21st in OPS. Not the type of start you'd expect from a team returning almost everyone from a 108-win season. 

Assistant Hitting Coach Andy Barkett took to Twitter after the Red Sox victory to preach patience with this group. 

Of course, Boston's struggles don't fall squarely on the offense. A starting rotation that was terrific in the postseason has fallen flat to start the year just like the Red Sox bats. 

We all know what this Red Sox team is capable of, and even though they've underperformed drastically to start the year they have plenty of time to right the ship. They seem confident in their ability to do so at least. 

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