Quick thoughts on Red Sox/Blue Jays – Game 5

Here are some quick thoughts on the Sox’ 5th game of the season while game 6 gets underway:

  • Daniel Bard looked ok…just ok.  He has some good pitches but he is having the same problem as he did in September of last year – while he will make a lot of guys swing and miss when they make contact on him they generally find a hole.  I’m not sure what it is or how to correct it but one thing is for sure – it seems that if you put him in the closers role you might not see much different from Bard than what you saw last September.  He needs to stay in the rotation and work it out.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury needs to step up.  Including today’s game he is 0-for-6 leading off the game.  He’s the table setter and he hasn’t been setting the table which is a problem because the guys behind him have been hitting the ball pretty well.
  • Cody Ross has been disappointing.  It looked like he was poised for a fast start after a very good spring training but it hasn’t translated.  On the flip side Ryan Sweeney, who was awful all spring training long, continues to swing the bat well.
  • Kevin Youkilis, one of the other early scufflers, showed signs of life yesterday with two hits.  Hopefully that will get Youk going because the last thing you need is a black hole in the middle of the lineup.
  • I don’t want to jinx it because we’ve got a whole game left to play (and 16 more after that during the season) but the Red Sox pitchers have absolutely handled Jose Bautista in the early going.

That’s all for today.  I was a bit distracted from the game last night due to the Heat/C’s game but will have a rundown of today’s game tonight.  Lester is the stopper again and I have a feeling that you’re going to hear that a lot, especially in the early going.

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