Should we worry about the rotation?

After a solid debut for each of our five starters, Clay Buchholz, Justin Masterson, and now Wade Miley looked absolutely awful in their second time through. Porcello had a pretty decent start, but it wasn’t anything that ‘wowed’ me. Kelly will take the ball tomorrow against the Orioles and his start could also have major implications for the future of the season. 

I know, I know, we’re 6-3 and we’re scoring a hefty amount of runs. We’ve won each series we’ve played thus far. All positive things, no doubt. And Buchholz, Masterson, and Miley are entitled to one bad start, right? I’m not so sure. Clay Buchholz was ROCKED by the Yankees last week. He left everything over the plate. It’s good to be able to throw strikes, but my God, Clay. He was so awful that night that even Stephen Drew hit a homerun off of him. Clay has the potential to be solid, and we’ve seen him do it before. But he’s not consistent. I don’t want a staff led by Clay Buchholz. Does that mean I don’t want him in the rotation? Not at all. I’d take him as a 3 or 4, much like the rest of this rotation. Masterson and Miley had horrendous comman issues. If you’ve ever seen Oprah giveaway something to an audience, just imagine her saying “YOU get a walk, and YOU get a walk, EVERYBODY gets a walk!” That’s how bad these guys were. Cause for concern? Still early, so I’m not on the “trade everybody” boat. But, from what I saw, I wasn’t pleased. Can these guys turn it around? Absolutely. Will they? We’ll see. Is anybody on this staff even capable of being mentioned in the same sentence as the word ‘ace’? No. 

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An Opening Day Evaluation

 After a horrid season last year, it felt good to get that sour taste out of my mouth by seeing the potential we have in this team. Here are my takeaways from the first game of 2015, and boy, was it a good one.

The gold stars go to….

1. Dustin Pedroia – HUGE day. Not one, but two homers. If you don’t remember, it took Pedroia over 100 at bats last season to hit his first. Now he’s on pace to hit 324. Will he reach that? No. But he’ll tell us that he will. Pedey finally looks healthy and I can assure you he’s going to have a big year. Wouldn’t expect anything less from the heart of the Red Sox. 

2. Clay Buchholz – Good God. Who saw that coming? He gave up only 3 hits and not a single run. Oh, and he had NINE (count ’em) strikeouts. He looked like 2013 Clay, and that’s the Clay that can truly be an ace. Can he keep it up? We’ll see. But today was certainly positive. 

3. Hanley Ramirez – like Pedroia, Hanley went deep twice. One of those was a grand slam. He had 5 RBI today and looked really locked in at the plate. When Hanley is healthy, watch out – he’s truly one of the best hitters in baseball. 

4. MOOKIE Betts – he’s always in the highlight reels. He went 2-4 today. Remember those people suggesting we should trade him for Cole Hamels? Oh, the irony. Betts smashed a solo homerun off that very same Cole Hamels today. We have our lead off man for years to come. 


The less-than-impressive….

1. David Ortiz – 0-4 with three strikeouts. Papi seemed a little too impatient at the ate today and it showed. He had a rather uneventful spring, but we all know what he can and will do. But hey, he played first base pretty decently. Ortiz will be fine. 

2. Pablo Sandoval – the Panda’s stat line was similar to Papi’s: 0-5 with three strikeouts. New team, new league, but Pablo will be fine. He made some plays at third and we can expect his bat to be a force sooner rather than later. 

Overall team grade: A+ 

The homeruns were great, but we can’t rely on those every single game. We’re gonna need to find ways to score when we aren’t smashing it out of the park. However, if there’s anything we can count on this season, it will be the offense. It’ll be exciting to watch. Clay was lights out. And Taz and Layne looked solid in their short amounts of work. In other news, the Red Sox have announced a 4-year extension with Rick Porcello. Personally, I think it’s a good move. Rick obviously wants to be here and he’s going to do very well. He’s still really young and he’s only trending upward. Can he be an ace? I believe he can. We will certainly see. Thank God 2014 is behind us because we have big things ahead this year. As always, thanks for reading! 

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