22 Apr 2009
For Boston sports fans, this past Monday, Patriots Day, was a great day.
Boston Red Sox – 11:05am start
Boston Celtics – playoff game
Boston Bruins – playoff game
All on the same day, pretty neat stuff.
As for the Red Sox, they’ve righted their ship somewhat and things appear much better than just a week ago. That said, I find my self impatiently waiting for the return of Julio Lugo. How can that be you ask? Well with Jed Lowrie out for 8-10 weeks (wrist surgery) and Nick Green filling in, the Red Sox need Lugo back.
Green is good with the glove, but doesn’t offer much with the bat. He is a nice short term option, but won’t give you much more than a .650 OPS over any long stretch.
Rocco Baldelli was also put on the DL with a hamstring strain. Jeff Bailey was purchased from AAA Pawtucket to take his place. I love Bailey’s bat, but the sad part of this promotion is that Bailey will have to pass through waivers (and accept) his assignment back to Pawtucket when Baldelli returns meaning this might be his last trip to Boston.
Since my last post where I moaned and groaned about the lack of offense, the Red Sox have hit .318, gotten on base at a .407 clip and slugged .543. They’ve averaged 7.6 runs over this 5 game win streak. Not bad.
David Ortiz showed some signs of breaking out in his last game, but he remains the most concerning element.
The Red Sox will try to play 2 today, but the night game is questionable with rain on its way. Then the Yankees come to town for a 3 game set starting Friday. Chien-Ming Wang, originally scheduled to throw batting practice to Red Sox batters on Friday, has been pushed back so he can work on his mechanics. Probably a good idea on the Yankees part. Not that the Red Sox line-up is the best in baseball, but they have enough veterans capable of piling it on.