The Red Sox have lost consecutive games for the first time this season, as they were defeated by the Detroit Tigers 4-1 on Saturday. Eduardo Rodriguez made his first Major League start in the month of April and it was a rather disappointing performance. After only giving up a solo home run through the first four innings, Rodriguez collapsed in the fifth and gave up three runs, including another solo home run. It was the bottom of the Tigers lineup that caused Rodriguez and the Red Sox bullpen the most trouble today. Batters 1-6 went a combined 1 for 19 at the plate while also getting walked a total of three times. Batters 7-9, however, went a combined 4 for 7 with two walks mixed in as well.
The Red Sox offense has started this season on a sour note, scoring only in four of forty-eight innings thus far. The flu has made its way around the clubhouse, leading to the extended absences of Mookie Betts, Xander Bogeaerts, Hanley Ramirez, and now Joe Kelly. It was reported today that even the coaching staff has caught the bug. The most bizarre part of all this is how NESN play-by-play man, Dave O’Brien, had to leave during the game because of the symptoms he was experiencing. The absences in the lineup are obviously impacting the offensive output and I expect this lineup to generate more runs and scoring opportunities once fully healthy.
Also, really scary thing happened today involving Jackie Bradley Jr. As he was rounding first base after a fly out, his foot appeared to get caught, which resulted in him tripping over the base. Thankfully, he was able to walk it off afterwards so hopefully he will be good to go for tomorrow. He made two great catches today and you’d hate to see anything happen to him.
2 down, 92 to go.
After yesterday’s rainout, the Red Sox had an extra off day as they traveled to Detroit for a four game series against the Tigers. Stephen Wright and Michael Fulmer were the two pitchers to square off today. The Red Sox had many absences from the starting lineup, such as Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts, and Hanley Ramirez. The Sox offense was quiet for most of the day, as they did not score until the top of the 8th, where the offense woke up and drove in 5 runs, including Pablo Sandoval’s first home run of the 2017 campaign.
Stephen Wright was okay in his first start since he got hurt last year, giving up 4 runs on 7 hits, 3 walks, and 4 strikeouts over 6.2 innings pitched. The biggest dissapointment of this game was the Red Sox bullpen. Over the past two games, it appeared that the bullpen could be consistently good this season, I’m not saying they can’t, but they were a letdown today. Ben Taylor made his Major League Debut and got his first strikeout to end the 7th, so congratulations to him. After the Red Sox took the lead in the top of the 8th, Robby Scott, Heath Hembree, and Joe Kelly gave up a combined two runs and allowed the Tigers to retake the lead and that was that.
Also, after reading the Red Sox Twitter mentions, I can conclude there are too many Red Sox fans who are overreacting. RELAX.
2 down, 92 to go.
That’s right, I came up with a concrete number.
The Red Sox defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0 in 12 innings on Wednesday night. This game was a true pitcher’s duel, as Chris Sale and Jameson Tailion put on a show for the first seven innings. Sale was dominant in his debut, getting seven strikeouts in seven innings. Tailion also threw for seven innings and recorded six strikeouts. It appears that Chris Sale will fit in just fine here in Boston, as his debut was absolutely electric. There was a lot of hype going into the game and Sale lived up to his debut expectations.
The Red Sox offense was silent for most of the game. They left a lot of runners on base and it took them 11 innings until they finally got a run across, which won them the game. Sandy Leon hit a walk-off, three run homer in the bottom of the twelfth, which was amazing. Sandy has emerged as a legitimate major league catcher since he got called up last season. It’s really not fair how people would rather see Christian Vazquez back there because of his defense. Sure, Vazquez has a better glove, but Leon has a better bat and call a pretty good game, which was made apparent during Sale’s debut last night. Also, shout out to the Red Sox bullpen. Barnes, Kimbrel, Hembree, Scott, and Kelly held it down in a combined five inning effort last night.
2 down, 90something to go.
Defending Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello and the Boston Red Sox took care of business against Gerrit Cole and the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday, beating them 5-3. I was only able to watch the bottom of the 8th and the top of the 9th since I was in class so this might not be the best analysis. HOWEVA, I was following along on Twitter and my impression is that Porcello was rolling up until the seventh, then he gave up three runs. I find it funny that Pablo Sandoval drove in the first run of the season. I tweeted this out earlier, but I really think Pablo can thrive in the 8th spot to begin the year. This will allow him to not be in a ton of high-pressure situations and I think putting him there could help him like it helped Jackie Bradley Jr. during the early parts of last season. Watching Craig Kimbrel close out the game was interesting. Throughout last season, I got anxious nearly everytime Kimbrel took the mound, and that’s how I felt today. A hit batsman and a double off the monster that I for sure thought was a home run. Plenty of suspense for Opening Day.
1 down, 90something to go.
Tomorrow is Opening Day, one of the best days of the sports year. A true sign that Springtime is upon us. The beer is flowing, the hot dogs are cooking, and every seat is filled. Optimism is present throughout all 30 clubs as the hunt for a playoff spot begins. The Red Sox appear to be favorites in the American League East but health among the team has become quite a concern. With impact players like David Price, Tyler Thornburg, and Carson Smith starting the season on the Disabled List, other pitchers will have to step up. The Red Sox lineup, however, looks to be as dominant as they were last year. The loss of David Ortiz will hurt, but I believe new addition Mitch Moreland will have a nice impact and Pablo Sandoval will have a resurgent year. I also think Chris Sale and Cy Young winner Rick Porcello will be workhorses this season. To summarize, I think the Red Sox will struggle out of the gate, but as the team gets healthier, their performance will improve and I think they are capanle of winning the AL Eeast. Now on to the predictions:
AL ROY: Andrew Benintendi
AL CY: Chris Sale
AL MVP: Mike Trout
NL ROY: Dansby Swanson
NL CY: Noah Syndergaard
NL MVP: Bryce Harper
AL East: Red Sox
AL Central: Indians
AL West: Astros
NL East: Nationals
NL Central: Cubs
NL West: Dodgers
AL: Seattle over Toronto
NL: San Francisco over St. Louis
ALDS: Indians over Seattle; Red Sox over Astros
NLDS: Cubs over San Francisco; Dodgers over Nationals
ALCS: Red Sox over Indians
NLCS: Dodgers over Cubs
World Series: Red Sox over Dodgers
You heard it here first, the Boston Red Sox will defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games. Clayton Kershaw will get his, but the three headed monster that is Sale, Porcello, and Price will prevail. Chris Sale wins World Series MVP.
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