The Red Sox continue to get the job done out on the Left Coast, embarrassing the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Orange County, California or whatever they are calling themselves these days, 8-2. The Red Sox are the first team since the 1987 Brewers to start the season with 16 wins in their first 18 games. They are on absolute fire, and are clicking on all cylinders. They are hitting the ball well, and their starting pitching has been lights out so far, thus eliminating the reliance on middle relievers. This is a good thing.
The woeful Cincinnati Reds, who today fired/put out of his misery manager Bryan Price, have a grand total of three wins so far this season. The Red Sox, who hit a "grand" total of zero grand slams last year (pun intended and also dreadful), have already mashed four in three weeks of baseball. Rafael Devers joined the Bases Juiced Homer Club yesterday in Anaheim.
Mookie Betts stood in the box against two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani and led off with a solo home run in the top of the first inning. This was foreshadowing of things to come. Ohtani would not settle down. He would not recover. The relentless offensive onslaught of the 2018 Boston Red Sox would chase him out of the game after just two innings. He gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and never really had a feel for his breaking stuff, and walked two. Jackie Bradley, Brock Holt, and Rafael Devers also added homers as the Sox belted six on the day and topped the Angels 10-1.
The Boston Red Sox entered today's ball game with a record of 12-2 and they went against the underwhelming 5-10 Orioles who took 3 out of 4 from the American League Favorites, the New York Yankees.
On a sunny, relatively warm Saturday that FINALLY felt a bit like spring, the Boston Red Sox hauled out the big lumber and manhandled the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park. Hector Valazquez threw five innings of 2 run ball,Joe Kelly pitched a clean sixth, and Marcus Walden got the three inning save for the Sox hurlers. But the real story in this one was the bats. Andrew Benintendi and J.D. Martinez are heating up, and Hanley Ramirez is playing like a man possessed.
Eduardo Rodriguez pitched 6 innings of 5 hit ball with 8 strikeouts, and Eduardo Nunez mashed a three run homer as the Red Sox dispatch of the Baltimore Orioles 7-3 at Fenway Park last night. The win improved the Sox’ record to 11-2, and this team is cruising, getting contributions from new players daily.
A day after David Price left the mound in the FIRST INNING because his fingy-wingies were numby-wummy, Rick Porcello dumped out his huevos gigantes and dragged them all over the faces of the Pinstripers. Porcello went seven full and gave up zero runs on three hits and struck out six, lowering his ERA to 1.83 and improving his record to 3-0. Last year, Porcello didn’t win his third game until May, and so far, he looks like the 2016 Cy Young winning pitcher the Sox need if they're going to clinch this division.
For those of you living in a cave, the Red Sox and Yankees got into a bit of a scuffle last night at the Fens after Tyler Austin slid hard into Brock Holt covering second base. As retaliation, Joe Kelly planted one in his ribs during a later at bat. The most amazing thing about this is that I got Yankees fans at work prattling on about how Joe Kelly is a coward, he could have killed him, slide was legal, yada yada. I feel like I'm in Bizarro World or the Upside Down in Stranger Things. Dude...DO YOU HAVE WORKING EYES THAT CAN SEE OBJECTS AND IMAGES???
In just their second meeting of the season, the Red Sox' and Yankees' benches cleared twice, resulting in one brawl for the ages.
This was supposed to be an incredible game. A game that two Goliath's, the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, battle it out and go blow-for-blow. Well, that was not really the case tonight. The Sox beat up on the Yanks in this one-sided affair.