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By Dave Little – @DLittleMLB
With our first week in the books, there is a lot to be said. From our rotation dominating, clutch hitting, and of course having the best record in baseball (tied with two others at 6-1). Our manager is making moves, our batters are performing and sometimes not performing. There is a ton to talk about.
Let me summarize what stands out to this fan:
Betts, Ramirez and especially Bogaerts are killing it right now. All three are hitting over .300 and performing at levels we haven’t seen in a while. Each of the three have a home run so far. However, Betts narrowly missed a second homer against the Marlins, but got robbed by their young center fielder.
Ramirez has been clutch, recording the walk off in the 12th on our home opener, for a total of 6 RBIs on the season.
Then there is Xander with a league leading six doubles, showing that a healthy wrist makes him the player we always thought he could be. If the middle of our lineup keeps contributing like this, along with an up-tick in production out of our big signing, this team is poised to be very dangerous. As things currenrly stand, Boston has seven players batting .250 or under. They simply need to do their part, as the rotation has been lights out.
On the topic of the rotation, you have to be happy with the production of Sale, Price, and Porcello. Velazquez and Johnson have also showcased the incredible depth of pitching the Red Sox organization currently has. Now that Eduardo coming back very soon, we can only hope he can successfully ride the upward trend his teammates have established.
The Boston bullpen is hit or miss. Smith and Kelly are not producing as we would hope (10.80 & 13.50 ERA’s respectively), but the surprise of Bobby Poyner has been a shock for us all to be in awe of. All woes aside, the Red Sox have eight pitchers with a sub 2.00 ERA, which is very promising.
Of the remaining questions: Who’s going to be our setup man? Will the run support get more regular? Can our starters maintain their performance?
I am more excited with the performance of the starting rotation than anything. Porcello appears to be earning his cheques, as has David Price. Xander is finally healthy. They are deep in their lineup. Not to mention our pen (Thornburg will be returning), which has potentially crazy depth.
This team is dangerous. They are producing, amd continuing to win games.
Newly hired Red Sox Manager Alex Cora looks very good right now. Lets all have a beer to continued production.
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