Baseball season is underway and has already been an interesting one. It has had everything a person will wish for: the Opening Day win, the excitement of extra innings, the Yankees sucking, the Blue Jays sucking, etc. The Red Sox are 4-3 currently and third in the AL East. Here are some observations I have found in this first week of baseball.
Pitching: The Sox pitchers have been on point so far. Cy Young winner Rick Porcello kicked things off on Opening Day. In two games he has had 13 strikeouts, 2 walks, 1 win with a 4.38 ERA. New ace Chris Sale was next. In his two games, he has had 17 strikeouts, 2 walks and a 1.23 ERA. But the truly spectacular pitcher so far is Drew Pomeranz. The most hated player from last year tried to redeem himself Tuesday against the Orioles and he really did with 6 strikeouts, 1 walk and 1.50 ERA. There is still so much time to screw it up or he can surprise everyone- he has nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Benny Baseball: The future rookie of the year is proving each game why it was the right decision to call him up from minors last August and that he was the right choice in keeping for this season, instead of Moncada. In seven games, he has already had seven hits, 1 home-run and 5 RBI's with a .250.
The Plague: Three different illnesses have swept through the Sox team in the past week. Betts, Holt and Ramirez got the worst of it with the flu and Andrew Benintendi caught a stomach bug, throwing up in the middle of a game during the Tigers series. Five other players, three staff members and an announcer also got caught in this outbreak. This is probably what caused the series loss to the Tigers, but the good news is it seems like it is almost out of Fenway, except for Robbie Ross Jr. who was put on the DL for it. And, hey, we would all rather see a illness outbreak in April, instead of September.
Mitch Moreland: With Hanley Ramirez filling the shoes of David Ortiz, the Sox needed someone as amazing as Hanley to replace him at first base. That is when they signed Rangers 1B, Mitch Moreland. After a scare during the first few games, Moreland found his rhythm with 8 hits, 5 doubles and 1 RBI. He has looked good overall and will hopefully continue to get better as the season progresses.
AL East: Maybe it was the players getting healthy again, the joy to be back at Fenway or just wanting to beat a rival, but the Sox looked like the best team in the East, beating the O's on Tuesday night 8-1. Seven of the nine batters had at least one hit, Pedroia had a 4 RBI game alone and all the pitchers having a total of 9 strikeouts, 2 walks and only one earned run. It is still early but if this is how the team plays to start the season, imagine how they will be when it really matters against East opponents.
I know, I know, it is only seven games in out of 162, but the Sox already look postseason ready and it is only April. With games like these, they will easily get to the World Series in October. We are also on track of going 159-3 and if that is not exciting, then something isn't right.