Tuesday, April 7, 2015

I'm hesitant to get excited about the Red Sox 8-0 Opening Day win in Philly

Here's my two reasons why:

1.  The Phillies lineup is garbage.

Yes, Clay Buchholz looked awesome (seven scoreless innings, three hits, one walk, nine strikeouts).  But, Philadelphia has a leadoff guy with a career .324 on-base percentage (Ben Revere), a 23-year-old who got his first major league at-bat yesterday (Odubel Herrera) hitting second, and a cleanup batter who hit .223 last year in his bounce back season (Ryan Howard).

By comparison, the Red Sox first, second and fourth hitters went 7-for-13 with five home runs and eight RBI (more on that in a second).  Not to mention the fact that the Phillies bat their catcher fifth, and are trying to resurrect Grady Sizemore (again) at No. 6.

2. Mookie Betts, Dustin Pedroia and Hanley Ramirez aren't going to hit five homers every day.

OK, this sounds nit-picky.  I'm not complaining, just pointing something out.  Only three Boston hitters did anything yesterday.  David Ortiz, Pablo Sandoval, Shane Victorino and Xander Bogaerts combined to go 0-for-15 with seven strikeouts (three apiece from Ortiz and Sandonal).  This was not a typical eight-run game.

I'm not saying these are signs the Red Sox aren't good, I just don't think what happened yesterday really implies the things it looks like it does on the surface.

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