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Home Sweet Home Is Just What The Red Sox Need…Badly!
Posted By "Baseball Brenda" Sepanek On Apr 8 2011 @ 3:17 am In Boston Red Sox | 6 Comments
I know I promised you a pitching outlook for the 2011 season, but instead I spent all week looking for tickets to opening day. Having no luck, I decided to take matters in my own hands and attended a “ticket giveaway” at a local bar. I rounded up my friend Bob, and we set out last night determined to win those tickets. Guess what, we are going to Opening Day! Yes, the Red Sox are finally home where they belong after returning from a brutal six game road trip. They are hoping to notch their first win of the season today against the New York Yankees.
First win of the season?!?! What is going on here? Ok, so the season hasn’t quite gone as planned. The Red Sox are 0-6 and off to their worst start in franchise history since 1945. Already fans are getting restless and who could blame them, they have yet to win a game. In fact, the Sox and Tampa Bay are the only winless teams in the entire league. Yes, this is the team that two weeks ago everyone had pegged for world series champions. Let’s discuss some of the highs and lows of the season thus far.
Yesterday: 7.0 IP, 3 hits, 0 earned runs, 3 walks, 9 strikeouts, 109 pitches.
(the list is VERY long but I will touch upon a few, no need to rehash the nightmare we have been living the past seven days)
So what exactly is going on here? They can’t seem to get all the pieces to the puzzle. There really isn’t one aspect of their game to blame or one person and PLEASE DO NOT EVEN START BLAMING THE MANAGERS (that is a whole different blog topic). One minute it is the pitching staff, the next their lack of offense, then it’s the bullpen. Yesterday, they even lost a well pitched game by Jon Lester. All they can do is put it in the past and hope that coming home to Fenway recharges them and the fans give them the boost they desperately need.
I can’t begin to wrap my head around what transpired last week, which is probably why I haven’t written anything yet. All I can do to cope, is laugh it off. Why? Because I know “this too, shall pass” and hopefully at the end of the season we will have a good story to tell about how the Red Sox came back from a terrible 0-6 start, to finish off the season back in the playoffs where they belong. After all, we were part of the most unbelievable comeback in all of sports so why not go down in history again? Speaking of history, in both 2004 and 2007 when the Red Sox won the world series they started off losing three of their first five games. And when the Yankees won the world series in 1998, they started off 0-3. Yes, 0-3 is a far cry from 0-6, but the point is they all started off slow and finished strong, the only thing that really matters in the game of baseball.
In regards to this upcoming series with the Yankees, who knows what is in store. John Lackey takes the mound tomorrow. Talk about pressure. He needs to rebound from his poor start, he needs to get this team a win, it is opening day AND against the Yankees. I wouldn’t want to be in his shoes tomorrow. In all seriousness, Lackey performed quite well against the Yankees last year with a record of 1-0, an ERA of 1.32 in 13.2 innings pitched. He walked 4, struck out 13 and held the Yankees to a .188 batting average. So if all those stats hold true we have nothing to worry about Something tells me it’s not going to be that simple.
Here’s to their first win sometime REAL soon!
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