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  • April 5th, 2018

    Red Sox 3, Tampa Bay 2–in 12:
    Happy Opening Day Part 2!

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:58 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    So the Sox got to do Opening Day a 2nd time in 7 days–but in a MUCH better place–both figuratively and literally. Back home to the Fens for some home cooking, and a 5-1 record to kick off the season (should’ve have been unbeaten–looking at you Joe Kelly and Carson Smith), as well as #1 in the AL East (any day that happens is a good day…)

    And the Sox faithful got a win on Opening day, extra innings, and to see David Ortiz team up with Olympic gold medal gymnast Aly Reisman yell “Play Ball!” but from what I heard from my friend Paul in Boston, today was a fracking FREEZING day to go to the ballpark…

    We also talked about his concerns with their lack of hitting thus far. And while it’s only been 7 games, of the 6 wins, FOUR of them have been by 1 run. Yes, a win is a win, no matter if it is by 1 or 21 runs–and I’d rather have great pitching than great hitting any day of the week, but it would be nice to have both…or at least a bit more bat…And I honestly do think they will get to where they need to be– and there is A LOT of baseball left to be played…

    But today’s win puts the Sox at 6-1, with a 6-game winning streak, kicking off a 10-game homestand in which we see the Skanks in for 3 mid-week, and the Oreos in for 4 over the weekend. A lot of great opportunities to cement their place at the top of the AL East….

    And while it is still waaaay too early to pass judgment for or against, David Price had another great start, pitching 7 strong giving up 3 hits while walking 3 and striking out 5. He has yet to give up a run in his 2 outing so far in 2018. So there is a reason to be cautiously optimistic…

    But then fracking Carson Smith AGAIN caps the bed, giving up a 2-run shot in the top of the 8th, wasting another effort by a Red Sox starter. So while Price was not part of today’s decision, Robert Poyner, the minor league player who pitched his way to the bigs during Spring Training, got his 1st major league win today, throwing 2 innings of 1 hit ball, with 3 strike outs….

    And while the pitching has been magnificent so far (mostly) you can never have too much, so it’s good to hear the 3 starters on the DL are making progress. Drew Pomeranz and Eduardo Rodriguez are both pitching deeper into minor league games, so it just a matter of time before we see both of them again in the bigs. There has even been the idea floating round that Rodriguez could skip his next rehab start and pitch in Sunday’s game…So we’ll see how that goes….

    Finally, I hear that Gabe Kaplan is the manager of the Phillies? Whose freaking bright idea was THAT??? I just remember when the Sox hired him to manage Single A Greenville Drive in 2007, which I always perceived as a favor to one of their own, and then he decided to unretire an sign a minor league deal with Milwaukee–always felt a bit like an ungrateful move to me…Hope he does well, but those fans are a whole different kettle of fish…But then again, they HATED another manager many years ago. You may have heard of him: Terry Francona…

    Coming up: An inexplicable off-day on a Friday tomorrow, then the Sox and Tampa Bay Series continues Saturday afternoon, with Rick Porcello getting his 2nd start of the season (and hopefully building on his 1st great start from last week). He is opposed by Jake Faria. 1st pitch 1:05pm…

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