Wednesday, April 11, 2012
There Is Still No Reason To Put Any Emotional Investment Into The Red Sox
After going 0-6 to start 2011 and the historic collapse in September, you'd think that maybe they'd come out of the gates a little faster. Um, not so much with this group. They're 1-5 after losing 3-1 to the Toronto Blue Jays (4-2) this afternoon at Rogers Centre.
Toronto took two out of the three in the series and for the second straight start (Opening Day in Detroit), the Red Sox failed to give Jon Lester (0-1) any run support when he submitted a fine outing. Lester went eight full innings, allowing three runs (all earned) on three hits with six strikeouts and two walks.
Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero (1-0) came within two outs of a complete game. He allowed one run (earned) on three hits with five strikeouts and three walks.
Sergio Santos recorded the final two outs for his first save as Boston tried to rally but with runners on second and third with one out, he struck out Kevin Youkilis (2 for 20 to start the season) and got David Ortiz to ground out to end it.
Boston had a rare lead as Jacoby Ellsbury knocked in Mike Aviles with an RBI single in the third.
Toronto responded immediately with two runs in the home half of the third. Rajai Davis (2 runs, stolen base) had an RBI triple and then he came home on Yunel Escobar's sacrifice fly.
After Lester and Adrian Gonzalez screwed up a pickoff play on Davis in the eighth, he was able to reach second then later scored on Escobar's single. That insurance run totally deflated Boston who already looked checked out with one foot on the airplane home.
The best news I can give you about this joke squad is that they mercifully don't play tomorrow. Still, they come back to Fenway on Friday for the latest insufferable edition of Opening Day. Prepare for all the usual pomp and circumstance and needless celebration of a 1-5 team full of losers with the worst ownership group in Boston.
To make it even better, Tampa Bay (4-1) will be the opponent with four games this weekend-including the usual Patriot's Day matinee. The Rays look like the class of the AL East once again and I'm certain that like the last few years, they'll own the Red Sox. The Texas Toughguy gets the start on Friday against David Price. If there is anything right in this world, and I have my doubts with all the pink hats, Beckett will be booed relentlessly.