The standard line on the Sox in the decades leading up to 2004 was that they had the bats but not the arms. That trend appears to have come around again, as the Sox have the worst starters’ ERA on the young season in the AL and have scored the second-most runs per game in the AL (behind KC).
Still, perhaps today’s starter will improve his stock. Wade Miley was destroyed last time against the Nationals. Today, he takes on Archer at the Maddonless Trop as the Sox look to keep not losing series.
Forgot this was a 4-game series. The weather forecast is about as dire as the pitching matchup for the Sox (Chen vs Masterson). A win would end the series in a tie. Let’s see if they play the earliest game of the year.
Sorry I’m late, I was coaching young gerbil’s game earlier today and lost track of the time when I got back. 4-4 at the plate today.. woohoo. Since then, the Yanks are underway at the Trop with no score, Tanaka on the bump for the good guys.
It remains to be seen whether the groove will be the Red Sox settling into one and keeping their winning series record at 100%, or if it will be Buchholz grooving fastballs to the O’s lineup. Walkoff win yesterday, let’s wrap this series up!
Seen enough of these birds celebrating the past few years to make me twitch at the mention of their city or mascot. Would like the fist-pumping on our side today, please. Jimenez takes on Kelly at the green jewel off Yawkey Way. Weekend imminent.
The Red Sox have won all three of their series 2-1 and are on pace to score just over 1,000 runs this year without the offense firing on all cylinders as yet. But Masterson had nothing last start, Miley just got pounded, and Buchholz was awful on Sunday. Kelly hasn’t had a second start yet, either. The Red Sox also owe at least a couple of their victories in part to the opposing defense playing like sh*t. I would put good odds on them to lead the AL East in runs scored AND allowed. With only Porcello appearing to be reliable (and I would have said this even before the season started), I’m not so sure they can keep this up.
Of course, scoring 1,000 runs would certainly help.
The Red Sox tied and went ahead for good with 3 runs in the 7th without the benefit of a walk or a hit (the series of fails on display by the Nats was truly a sight to behold). I read on SoSH that this is the first time this has happened in a number of decades. Speaking of a number of decades, this is the first time the Red Sox have won the first three series since the early ’50s. Crazy.
Today’s 1:35 ET start features Gonzalez for the Nats and Miley (first name Wade, not last name Cyrus) for the Sox. Let’s see if the 6-2 Sox can earn their first sweep of the season.
I imagine it is a common homonym error, but it is personally a fond memory for me when I sat down to watch a game and my young son thought, several years ago, that the Yankees were playing the cookies. Unfortunately, it’s the O’s that own the cookie jar and have won 13 out of the last 19 meetings. Miguel Gonzalez for the Birds, with C.C. Sabathia coming off a disappointing debut.
The Sox look to go 3 for 3 on the young season, as they have won series against the Phillies and Yankees and look to win one against the Nationals. Mookie Betts exploded yesterday in the first two innings, robbing a Harper homer, stealing two bases in one go (when the shift on Papi let him run for 3rd when the pitcher didn’t cover), and homering into the Monster seats. That was fun, but the season is young. Your hurlers today are Strasburg and Masterson. Starts at 6:10 Eastern.
Really? The season opener AND the home opener? Just doesn’t feel right.
The Sox have won their first two series (on the road!), but the same old worries about Buchholz and this season’s worries about the starting staff as a whole may well be founded after last night. Zimmermann takes on Porcello in the first Fenway game of the year, and the Sox try not to lose two in a row for the first time.