Thursday, April 10, 2014

Are Red Sox 'Playing Possum' In The AL East?

There are some pretty good reasons why Red Sox fans should not panic about the team's 4-5 start. In assessing the status of the AL East so far, Rory Barrs of Canada's National Post newspaper makes several interesting points about our Carmine Hose. First, Boston boasts the third best batting average (.277) and the second best on-base percentage (.349) in the American League. Of course, as we all know, those numbers have been devalued by a lack of clutch hitting—except for David Ortiz and Mike Napoli [PRONOUNCED: Na-POLE-Eee]. In addition, hitting into a near-record number of double plays doesn't help your win-loss record. And yet, Grady Sizemore (.364/.440/.591) has been a near revelation and Jackie Bradley Jr., is getting on base (.478) at a pace the organization has always expected. Also, how about John Lackey and his 1.38 ERA? And, while Jake Peavy and Jon Lester have yet to get a win, both have pitched very well. Finally, Koji Uehara has been 2013-like. So, basically, many observers like Mr. Barrs think the Red Sox are just playing "possum" in the division and are poised to improve their somewhat deceptive record real soon.