Observations from Opening Day, Part II
Continuing on…picking up at 2-2, bottom of fifth:
*Sweet play by Mookie Betts to start the bottom of the inning. Thought he may have misplayed a solid liner to right off the bat of Rajai Davis. Ended up making the grab with a small leap at the end. I worry about his arm in RF, but he should cover a ton of ground. Goes without saying I suppose. And the more he plays out there, obviously the better and smoother he will get. Probably goes without saying again…
*First grounder to Hanley! Slow roller…taken to the bag himself without incident. Phew. But still waiting for the first hard hit ball to him. Or a throw in the dirt. Come to think of it, Travis Shaw has not had one hit to him yet.
*David Price’s favorite music artist is Young Jeezy. Coincidentally, me too!!
*Jerry Remy has lost 20 lbs since November by just “eating half-portions of meals”. Good to know. I’m sure that’s all it was.
*SHAWSIE!! Another single. Nice of Hanley to take the extra base from first to third. But it wasn’t exactly the best move, though it worked. In analyzing the play, Remy wondered if Butterfield gave Hanley a signal to come to third. He didn’t. What Remy failed to point out is that Hanley wouldn’t have listened to Butter anyway. Side note: Still haven’t seen any shots of Fat Panda in the dugout.
*BROCKSTAR!! RBI single to make it 3-2 Sox. Again, Farrell is a genius!! Incidentally, no shots of Rusney Castillo in the dugout either.
*You think Ned Yost will pick Holt for the All-Star game again this year?
*TIIIIIITTTTOOOOO!! It was definitely time for Tito to go in Boston. Things had run their course with him managing. But it still leaves a bad taste in my mouth how they kind of smeared him on his way out of town. He deserved better. I think you can pretty much say the same about Claude Julien when he gets fired soon. Hopefully he won’t get bad-mouthed like Tito was.
*First grounder to Shaw. Nice pick. Solid throw to Hanley. Slow runner in Carlos Santana, but still, as routine as you get.
*103 pitches, 6 innings, 2 runs, 10 K’s for Price. Was hoping to get 7 out of him, but it will do for today. Now let’s see if Junichi Tazawa’s arm has recovered from extreme overuse in prior years.
*Dustin Pedroia is 0-4. I wonder if he sucks to start the year and if Holt continues with his strong starts he’s had the previous 2 years, Farrell has the sack to switch them in the lineup? Holt 2nd and Pedroia 7th? I think Hell would have to freeze over for Farrell to make THAT switch. But worth noting. Listen, I don’t hate Pedroia. But he has been injury-prone, obviously. And is not the MVP he once was. But he should not be exempt from any move of this sort…if the goal is to truly win games.
*Joba Chamberlain sighting! He looks a little thinner I think. Not tough to do, of course. But maybe my eyes are going…
*Nice…more excuses for Hanley’s poor year last year: “pull-happy, homer-happy, injured shoulder”, yada, yada, yada.
*SHAWS…nevermind. Sacks juiced, K looking. Was a smidge outside and thus borderline. But still…
*BROCKST…nevermind. Liner to third with sacks juiced still. Both Shaw and Holt had a chance to break this thing open. Maybe Farrell isn’t a genius? Ok, kidding all around. It’s one game either way. Let’s see how it plays out long-term.
*12 pitch 1-2-3 inning for Tazawa. Encouraging. But Juan Uribe, Tyler Naquin (first major league at-bat) and Rajai Davis…not exactly Murderer’s Row. Let’s wait it out to see how he is after Farrell either warms him up or pitches him in 25 games in April.
*Chamberlain in the game now. I think he IS actually skinnier. But it appears that he sucks worse than ever now. 6 games with KC last year and an ERA close to 8.00. Many other games with Detroit and an ERA close to 5.00. Maybe he should start eating again to put some of that weight back on? Or at least hang out with Panda after every game this series to get started on that?
*Ok, thanks for the reminder that Clay Buchholz is starting tomorrow. Just ruined my night.
*Here’s Koji Uehara now. Love this guy, have since the day the Sox got him. But similar to Tazawa, let’s see how much he has left from a couple of years of severe overuse.
*Just learned that Koji ranks #1 career in WHIP. Craig Kimbrel is #2. Impressive. But admittedly not a lot of innings there for either.
*This is not a repeat. 12 pitch 1-2-3 inning for Koji. A little tougher road to hoe though in Jason Kipnis, Francisco Lindor and Mike Napoli though. So a little more impressive. But again, let’s see what happens when Farrell leans on him too much again.
*Mike Napoli may pummel the home plate umpire at the end of the game. 3 K’s. But they were all pretty good at-bats. And questionable strike calls throughout all the AB’s. He had some sort of a case, I do admit. But I say if they were that close, swing the bat already. Questionable ball/strike calls on the Sox side as well. In fact, Xander just took a called third strike way outside. Maybe John Hirschbeck is cold and wants to go home.
One thing is for sure, you couldn’t pay me enough to be an on-field official in any sport. Not with the hundreds of camera angles and slow motion replays that are available now to make you look like an idiot after any wrong call. I say they all do a pretty good job, based on the circumstances. There are very few calls that are egregious mistakes in real time. We can certainly bash officials for those particular ones though.
*Big Papi homers…nice. Then Hanley THINKS he homers. And watches at the plate as it hits the top of the wall. So he gets only a single. At least Remy finally says something about him not running. Kind of tame though.
*Top of the ninth…and first shot of Pablo Sandoval in the dugout!! Just kind of sitting there. No sub. No crumbs on his face. No phone. Kind of disappointing in those regards. But he does look cold, I’ll give him that. All wrapped up nice and snug.
*Craig Kimbrel’s debut for the Sox. Not a save situation. But glad to see Farrell didn’t warm him up in the ‘pen only to leave him there. Like I said, no Noe Ramirez for me today. Anyway, 19 pitches, worked around a walk and got yet another questionable third strike call to end the game. 6-2 Sox. I’ll take it!
That about does it from here. I think my fingers are tired. But despite my pessimism of the upcoming Boston Red Sox season, it is ALWAYS good to win on Opening Day. And Home Opening Day, which they hopefully will do next week.
Baseball is BACK! I just hope the Sox don’t ruin my summah too early again this year…
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