by rdh-admin on April 9, 2011.
Although it was an ugly win, the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees in a shootout to earn their first win of the year. Now, with a splendid record of 1-6, the Sox look to build a streak together at the cost of their bitter foe’s standing.
This was the win the Red Sox needed. Yes, they needed any win they could get their hands on, but by beating the Yankees in their home opener they set a standard, a reachable standard, for the upcoming home games against divisional rivals. And now that their supposedly all-star bullpen has managed to hold off the opposition for the first time this year, all the Sox need is their starting pitching to get on track. The new comer in catcher’s gear, Jared Saltalamacchia, and his lack of experience in strategizing with hitters around the league, is a definite contributor to the starting pitching’s rocky start. But maybe his clutch double off the wall in the fifth inning of Friday’s game can give him some confidence and aggressiveness when giving signs behind the plate.
I think the Red Sox painful beginning was just a fluke. Look for them to win the series against the Yankees and then have some easy wins against the floundering Tampa Bay Rays.