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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Sox are very offensive these days

But where's the pitching?!?! All winter long, all we heard was defense and pitching, defense and pitching, defense and pitching, (ad nauseum.) Dice-K made his heralded return to the bigs today and was expected to breeze through 7 against the lowly O's, but he couldn't make out of the 5th inning. He surrendered 7 hits, 6 earned runs, 3 walks, and 2 home runs. He threw 95 pitches in 4.2 innings. Is this the same guy who was on fire while at AAA Pawtucket? Wake came in after that and clearly he does not pitch well out of the bullpen as he was torched to the tune of 5 hits, 5 earned runs, and 3 home runs in 2.1 innings.

Besides the pitching and defense mantra that was preached all winter long, baseball pundits everywhere were expecting 3-2 and 2-1 scores with the departure of Jason Bay and the demise of Big Papi. So far, they're either hot, or not. They're averaging 4.5 runs per game. In 10 of those games they scored 6 or more runs, averaging 8.1 runs per game when they're hot. When they're not, they have scored 3 runs or less in 11 games so far, including being shut out twice.

Two of the lefties in the starting line-up have sent cardboard stand-up cut-outs of themselves up to the plate all of April. However, J.D. Drew had a break out day yesterday belting 2 home runs, and today, David Ortiz did the same as the Sox lost 12-9. Let's hope that continues for the both of them, otherwise we may not see them after July.

Commander Kick Donkey goes to the hill tomorrow as the Sox attempt to get at least one win from the Oriole's in this series, the team with the worst record in all of MLB. Beckett will get his former moniker back whenever he gets his Xsh...X act together, hopefully tomorrow.

While this season is getting off to an ugly, fugly start, I remain loyally devoted to the Sox, no matter where they end up in the standings come October.

If it's any consolation, Mark Teixeira's line is just as ugly as the Sox- .153/.314/.271/.585, with 19 strike outs and only 2 home runs in 81 at bats. Javier Vazquez was lit up like a Christmas tree today, surrendering 3 home runs, 5 earned runs, and 4 walks in 3 innings, as the White Sox beat the Yankees 7-6 today. Just sayin'.

Orioles 12 Red Sox 9 BOX SCORE
Fenway West 05.01.10

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