Monday, April 05, 2010
It's hard not to get excited about a win like last night's. With the unceremonious way the '09 season ended, with the long winter, with all the "bridge" talk, with the nice weather in Boston the past few days (after 40 days of rain), with Pedro throwing the first pitch, it was just an amazing night for baseball in Boston.
It was an excellent victory, worthy of celebration, but you have to come down to Earth when you realize that only 0.6% of the season is in the books, 99.4% to go.
Both Beckett and Sabathia struggled last April, so neither team should fret that their Ace is shaky. Becks had a 7.22 ERA last April, Sabathia's was 4.73. They're both slow starters. So it's not time to worry about Beckett, Sox fans. And it's not time to glorify the offense for wearing down Sabathia, or the hapless Yankee middle-relief. Chan Ho Park? Seriously?
The Sox middle-relief situation isn't much better.
But the middle of the lineup can be quite juicy. Pedroia, V-Mart, and Youk combined for half the Sox hits (6), scored 6 of the Sox runs, and knocked in 5 themselves.
Cameron and Scutaro's contributions were key, though. But don't expect that very often. There's something unnerving about the fate of this offense depending on Mike Cameron, Marco Scutaro, and Adrian Beltre.
The Man of the Game is Kevin Youkilis, who went 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles, a triple, 2 RBI, and 3 runs scored. He put the Sox ahead with his 2 run triple in the 6th, then scored the go-ahead run in the 7th.
Sox/Yanks Tuesday night, AJ Burnett vs. Jon Lester