Friday, April 6, 2018

Some Off-Day Random Musings About The First-Place Boston Red Sox So Far

There is no baseball today—on a Friday! When does that ever happen? Anyway, it's a good opportunity to spout off with some random musings about your first-place Carmine Hose:

• With The Evil Ones gagging away a lead last night against the "mighty" Orioles (thank you, Adam Jones), Boston now tops the AL East by a full two games;
• Is it us, or does J.D. Martinez look really uncomfortable at the plate (after looking confident and smooth in Spring Training)? Hopefully, it's just him living through his typically lousy April. Historically, he rakes in May-September;
Bobby Poyner is making Alex Cora and the coaching staff look very smart by not only placing him on the roster but also relying on him in pressure situations;
• As we saw last year, this team stinks on the base-paths. They have already lost a boatload of runners on the bases. This is a fundamental skill that needs to be drilled into these guys more often by the coaches;
David Price is taking this "Redemption Tour" thing seriously. He's hurled fourteen scoreless innings so far;
Carson Smith may not be the 8th-inning guy to serve as the bridge to Craig Kimbrel. Not sure that Matt Barnes is the answer either. Could be a looming problem;
• Finally, Hanley Ramirez seems determined to force the Red Sox to give him the requisite number of plate appearances to trigger his 2019 contract—which is fine with us if it results in another ring.