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  • March 27th, 2018

    Red Sox 4, Cubs 2: 2…More…Days…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:43 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Holy Buckets! How did we get to 2 days until Opening Day?? And why exactly are we starting the season on a Thursday? Isn’t it usually a Monday or a Tuesday, and then they have like 2 days off?

    But this year is different, with the Sox kicking off their 2018 campaign when Red Sox Ace Chris Sale takes the bump in Tampa Bay at 4:00pm on Thursday, and then they actually play every day until next Wednesday–and THEN they play 3 in 5 days–with 2 days off, including next Friday, which is REALLY weird, cause weekends are BIG revenue days….

    But one thing about it being a Thursdays (and right before a Holiday), me and my daughter can actually watch the Opening Day game, probably in its entirety, which I have not been able to do in a bunch of years. And that is pretty exciting…Also want to watch more this season–hoping life allows me to do that…

    What is not exciting is that 3 of the potential starters will begin the season on the DL for various maladies: Drew Pomeranz (left elbow flexor strain) Eduardo Rodriguez (right knee) and Stephen Wright (knee cartilage reconstruction, and who also has a 15 game suspension for the domestic abuse incident he was involved with in December…) So that leaves Sale, David Price, and Rick Porcello to anchor this rotation. Which would be fine, if it wasn’t for the fact that Rick Porcello crashed and burned last year, and David Price is…well…David Price….

    But with the injuries, come opportunities for others. Hector Velasquez and Brian Johnson will join the starting 5 to kick off the season. Brian Johnson is no surprise, as he was expected to be a reliever (and he is out of options), but Hector stepped it up, and pitched his way to a starting rotation spot.

    Others who stepped it up were bullpen hurlers Marcus Walden and Bobby Poyner–two non-roster invitees who have never pitched in the bigs–although Walden has significant time in the minors, pitching in over 200 games over 11 seasons. These are the types of stories I love. Guys who get their shot, and are able to make it happen. I’ll be rooting for these guys….

    And while I know that Spring Training games mean ABSOUTELY NOTHING–it was nice to see the Sox with the best record in both leagues: 22-9…So hopefully they can take the momentum of good play into 2018.

    Finally, a couple of weeks ago, me and some of my fellow Red Sox Bloggers played pepper with Cardinal’s blogger (and founder of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, which disbanded this year), Daniel Shoptaw. It’s a great read, and you can check it out here.

    We were all asked what our predictions for this year were, and I predicted the Sox will win 89 games, and a Wild Card. But that was 4-5 weeks ago. So I’m going to modify slightly to 92 games–and a Wild Card. My skill as a prognosticator (or lack thereof), is pretty well-known…So we will see…

    Coming up: An off day tomorrow, and then the moment we have been waiting for through the cold and endless Nor’easters: Opening Day. Sale vs Chris Archer at the Trop. 4:00pm…

    Let’s do this…

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