Thursday, April 15, 2010
It's safe to say that John Lackey and Dustin Pedroia have been the Red Sox' top performers out of the gate. Lackey had his second Quality Start, and Pedroia's slugging .818, with 4 homers. Last year, he didn't hit his 4th homerun until July 9th.
It's good that Pedroia's been murdering the ball, because guys like Ortiz and Drew have struggled just to hit it. Victor Martinez has also been hurting, but he was 2 for 5 yesterday afternoon.
The big hit yesterday was Jeremy Hermida's 8th inning double, clearing the bases. It gave the tentative Sox' bullpen much needed breathing room. And that's the bad news from yesterday, the pen continues to be worrisome. Daniel Bard allowed a homerun to his first batter, then nearly allowed another. Papelbon allowed two walks, and 11 of his 10 pitches were balls, as he got the Save. It was a very messy 8th and 9th.
And what's scary is that Bard and Papelbon are supposedly the class of the Sox' relievers.
Rubber game this afternoon at 1:10. Tim Wakefield vs. Francisco Liriano.