Actually after this game, an 8-2 victory for Boston, I may be ready to bump them all the way up to third place in my season predictions. It was nice to see a victory on opening day for the red sox who have opened the last two seasons 0-6. New members to the starting lineup all looked solid (with the exception of Napoli who went 0-5). Jackie Bradley Jr. was 0-2 but had 3 walks, 2 runs scored and an RBI, and sticking with the youth movement Jose Iglesias went 3-5 with a run scored and an RBI for Boston. Shane Victorino also had a solid game going 2-6 with 3 RBI’s, and was a key player when the Red Sox pulled ahead during the second inning. (Side note on Victorino, he seems to wear a mouth guard while playing in the field, one of the stranger things I’ve seen, especially for an outfielder. He does have pretty nice teeth tough, so whatever works for you). Jon Lester had a solid outing with one shaky inning (the 4th, which has been his kryptonite recently, he had an ERA of 6.75 in the 4th last season) to pick up his first win of the season. The bullpen also looked much improved, pitching four scoreless innings. The only weak spot was Andrew Miller who gave up two walks, before regaining his control and striking out the next two batters in the 7th. Joba Chamberlain was probably happy that a rain storm was already emptying Yankee Stadium when he entered the game. Chamberlain only pitched 2/3rd’s of an inning, giving up 3 hits, 2 walks, and 3 earned runs in the 9th to put the game out of reach for the weakened Yankees roster.
Overall a nice start for the Red Sox after a reason most fans would like to forget. The teams have the day off tomorrow before returning to action Wednesday night in the Bronx. (Game will pit Clay Buchholz against Hiroki Kuroda with a 7 pm start time). Positive notes for the Yankees, umm… Martha Stewart was there, so were Donald Trump and Regis (basically every annoying New York celebrity). Sorry that’s all I’ve got Yankees fans, but who doesn’t feel better just knowing Martha Stewart is around, focus on that and I’ll see you sometime later in the week for another recap.