Saturday, April 11, 2009


Just a look at the batting averages of the Red Sox not named Kevin after last night's 6-3 loss to the Angels:

George Kottaras - .333
Jason Bay - .250
Rocco Baldelli - .250
Jacoby Ellsbury - .235
Dustin Pedroia - .200
Mike Lowell - .200
Jason Varitek - .167
David Ortiz - .167
JD Drew - .091
Jed Lowrie - .067

I expect most of those averages to increase. Dustin Pedroia is not a .200 hitter, and has been snake-bitten these last 4 games. David Ortiz may have lost a bit of power, but he is no .167 hitter. JD Drew might only play in 91 games, but he'll hit higher than .091. Varitek could very well stay at .167.

Wakefield pitched good enough to win last night. But the offense, and Justin Masterson let him down. At the same time, the game was closer than it seemed. David Ortiz's sac-fly in the 3rd would be a 2 run double against any other center-fielder besides Torii Hunter. Then there was a potential ground ball double play in the 7th that turned into a 2 run single as it snuck through Lowell and Lowrie.

It's not panic time... yet. There really is only room for improvement.

Man of the Game:
Jared Weaver - 6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 8 K

Wakefield: 0.3
Masterson: 0.4
Drew: 0.2
Lowrie: 0.1

Brad Penny makes his debut against 1-0 Joe Saunders this afternoon.


Photo Credit:
AP Photo/Chris Pizzello