It is time to free Carl Crawford from the number eight spot in the order. He is hitting over .400 in the month of May and would be much more valuable in the two or five hole. Jed Lowrie has cooled off and can be moved down in the order to make a spot for Crawford. I would prefer you put him in the two hole because Crawford and Ellsbury back to back is unstoppable. Pedroia will have no issue batting fifth because he is the ultimate team player. Make this move ASAP.
This past week has seen ups and downs for the Red Sox. One day you think they are back on track and winning, as they should, and the next they are losing 14 inning marathons and getting blown out 11-0 the next day.
The week began on Sunday with a walk-off by Carl Crawford against Seattle. Things have since looked up for Crawford, as he is 6-16 at the plate since. The Sox then continued their domination of the Angels winning the first two games of the series but lost a heart breaker in 13 innings and got absolutely blown out of the water, 11-0, in the series finale.
My concerns, once again, lay with John Lackey. He got absolutely shelled in the series finale and the issues he had at the beginning of the season arose again. He was walking and hitting batters left and right. The good news is, the rest of the staff looks good, even Tim Wakefield, who will pitch tonight against the Twins.
The bullpen is also a huge concern with the only effective pitchers being Bard, Papelbon and Albers. Dan Wheeler and Bobby Jenks have been thrown on the DL because they are “hurt” or because they just suck. Hopefully things turn around.
As of now, I have no concerns with the offense as everyone is really coming around as of late with Crawford’s recent surge. Everyone who should be hitting is hitting, except for Pedroia but he is Pedroia and will snap out of it.
Despite the 14-17 record, I am still expecting big things out of this team. Look for them to head north of the Mendoza line by the end of May and continue to rise in the standings. If we still have a losing record by the end of May, Terry Francona may have the check the heat on his manager’s seat.
One last thought, which game are you more pissed to go to, a Lackey start or a Matsuzaka start? I’d go with Lackey.
Including todays 1:05PM start against the Phillies, the Red Sox will have played seven Spring Training games without a single one being broadcast on TV. This makes about zero sense to me.
With all the hype of the new faces coming to Boston this season, I want to be able to see their first at-bats in a Sox uniform without having to book a trip to Fort Meyer’s, Florida. Come on NESN. This is Red Sox Nation, people will skip work to watch the first Spring Training game on TV but instead I have to wait until the eighth game of Spring Training to see any live baseball.
So apparently Josh Beckett was hit in the head with a ball while standing in the outfield earlier today. The culprit is said to be Red Sox staffer Ino Guerrero, who was too lazy to bring shagged balls back to the bucket so he was hitting them with a bat. Well one of those balls nailed Beckett in the head and Beckett was attended to by trainers as he walked off the field holding his head. Beckett is okay but how is this guy not fired? I mean he is trying to take out Josh Beckett. Clearly the Yankees hired him to do this or something. Get him out of Fort Meyers before he starts going after the real important guys like Jon Lester or Clay Buchholz or at least sick Pedroia’s feisty ass on him to teach him a lesson.
UPDATE: I just read that Ino is a friend of Manny Ramirez who is back in the AL East with the Rays. Maybe the Rays hired him to take out Beckett! But in all seriousness, it is being reported that Beckett is okay and was only hit with a stray ball that had bounced.