Quick thoughts on Red Sox/Blue Jays – Game 4
April 10, 2012 Leave a comment
A few quick thoughts on the Red Sox’ triumphant first win of the season last night at the Rogers Centre:
- Felix Doubront was impressive in his first start of the season for the Sox. He had trouble with his pitch count but like most young pitchers there is an adjustment period from the minors to the majors. Henderson Alvarez, whose stuff was electric in his own right last night, had the same issue. By in large most minor league hitters aren’t as patient as major leaguers and often go out of the zone more so it’s an adjustment to see exactly how much you can get away with in the majors. The results were good however for both guys when they were near the plate. Doubront had 6 strikeouts in 5 innings and looked particularly tough against left handed batters. He was the stopper for all intents and purposes after the two horrible performances by Beckett and Buchholz. I’m thinking that both of these young Venezuelan pitchers, Doubront and Alvarez, won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.
- Dustin Pedroia, as always, was the fire-starter. He will be the heart and soul of this team as long as he is a member of it. Just no quit in the guy.
- I see a lot of people talk about how the Red Sox are an “unlikable” team and I have to take a little offense to that. For starters there still seems to be some negativity surrounding Adrian Gonzalez and his comments at the end of last year about “God’s plan”. Newsflash – the guy is religious, which he has every right to be. Get off your high horses. It’s not like he’s pushing in religion on you, just saying what he believes which, in this country, he has every right to. It just shows how much fans can be media sheep. If people stopped listening to guys who are making controversial comments in the sole effort to attain viewers and/or listeners and started formulating opinions with their own brains maybe Red Sox Nation wouldn’t seem so stupid these days.
- Speaking of likable players I think it will take some time but many fans will fall in love with some of the new guys. Ryan Sweeney, Cody Ross, Nick Punto, and Mike Aviles always give it 110% when they are out there and seem to care. They really have been the difference in the better offensive start this year compared to last year. Role players doing the little things to help the team. Cherington wanted to bring in guys who wanted to play and play hard in the off-season and he looks to have succeeded. Meanwhile J.D. Drew is enjoying his retirement at 36 and Jed Lowrie hasn’t played an inning yet for the Astros.
- Last night was big for Alfredo Aceves and we’ll see how he responds going forward. Obviously if Bard has a good start today it will probably lock him into the starting rotation, at least for the foreseeable future, and the closers job will be Aceves’ job to hold onto.
- Scott Atchison really is an unsung member of the Sox pen. He had a respectable 3.26 ERA last season and pitched 3 scoreless last night to keep the Sox in striking distance for the comeback. He’s pitching his way to a spot on the staff even when everyone is healthy.
- Interesting match-up tonight as Bard makes his first start against Kyle Drabek, who was knocked around by the Red Sox last year then it’s Lester, who pitched superbly in Detroit on opening day, and Ricky Romero, who has a 7.12 career ERA vrs. Boston. Things could look much better this year compared to last year on the home opener and that is something you wouldn’t have expected as recently as the 7th inning last night.
- It was nice to see the Rogers Centre buzzing like the old days last night. Hopefully they can maintain the interest.
That’s all for now. Enjoy the games and if you have DirecTV you can watch all of the MLB games for free until the 15th. Check the 700 channels.