Recently, the Red Sox silenced a lot of critics (Yankees fans) who complained that the Sox’ 8-1 start was a product of playing the Rays and Marlins to start the season. But then, they took two of three from the New York Yankees and swept a 13-3 LA Angels team, shutting down both Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani and some guy named Mike Trout in the process. Alex Cora and his Fun Lovin’ Red Sox encountered their first real hiccup of the season this past weekend in Oakland, getting no-hit on Saturday night, and losing the finale on Sunday for their first “losing streak” of the season.
Serious question. Is Alex Cora the most sinister evil genius in the history of baseball managers?
Jackie Bradley had a three run shot, and Mitch Moreland added a Grand Salami in the 6th inning as the Red Sox defeated the Oakland A’s last night in California. The Sox overcame a shaky start by Drew Pomeranz who allowed three runs in the first inning, but settled down after that to pitch into the fourth inning coming off of his rehab stint for forearm stiffness. Hector Valazquez, Brian Johnson, Matt Barnes, and Joe Kelly came on in relief and got the job done, giving up zero runs over the course of six and a third innings of baseball.
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 Red Sox will face two way phenom Shohei Ohtani tonight in Anaheim. The Angels are playing well, and currently sit at 13-3. So far, Ohtani has been the real deal. He is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA and has only allowed three runs in two starts. When he’s not pitching, Ohtani DH’s for the Halos. At the dish, he’s currently hitting .367 with three homers, a double and a triple. He is definitely a factor in why the Angels are performing well to begin 2018.
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.