GOODBYE HABS. Enjoy your offseason poutine. Such is life… bitches! I had been holding my breath for 3 hours watching the Bruins game, but during commercial breaks I saw enough of the Sox game to wonder what is going on with them
Too many defensive breakdowns tonight led to unnecessary pitches by Beckett which turned into 3 runs. Unacceptable. In little league they teach outfielders how to call off the infielder. It’s not hard, you just scream “I GOT IT.” Bucholz was shaky last night giving up 3 runs on 12, yes 12, hits. Beckett wasn’t much better tonight.
The offense continues to be plagued stranding runners in scoring position. This must stop. On a brighter side, Francona essentially announced Jed Lowrie as the Sox starting shortstop, replacing the ineffective Marco Scutaro.
Read about it here: http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/red-sox/post/_/id/10312/tito-all-but-ordains-lowrie-as-starter
Good for Lowrie, the kid has been through a lot of injuries with wrist problems, mono last season and getting stuck behind subpar and overpaid fielders. Let’s see what the kid can do!
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Can we glean any information about the Sox from their opening weekend fiasco in Texas? I think we can, but I also believe that it is far too early to become overly-concerned about these issues.
1) The Sox supposed top 3 pitches all got roughed up by a potent Rangers lineup. Does this speak to the ability of the Rangers to be an excellent offense? Absolutely. Ian Kinsler tore the cover off the ball this weekend, and he is poised to have another excellent season.
2) With the pitching getting roughed up, should we flag it as an area of concern? Potentially. Hopefully the starters don’t continue to give up so many home runs to the other team (11 given up this weekend), but this will be an area to watch.
3) David Ortiz is off to an excellent start. After a solid weekend, perhaps no one outside of the Sox locker room predicted that he would begin the season like this. I certainly didn’t.
4) We should not be concerned with Crawford being dropped to the 7-spot. Tito said before the game that Crawford was trying too hard, and his increased success on Sunday shows that he was more relaxed. Will he stay in the 7th spot in the batting order? No. The Sox need him, Ellsbury, and Pedroia at the top.
5) I missed Don and the Remdawg more than I thought. They do an excellent job of blending solid analysis with humor. They both clearly enjoy working with each other and this is reflected in the quality of the broadcast. Also, I still love Heidi Watney.
Drop us a line with any of your thoughts from the weekend as the Sox road trip continues to Cleveland.