Any win by the Red Sox these days seems to be a surprise and yesterday’s against the Yankees was especially surprising for numerous reasons. Jon Lester (7-10, 5.03 ERA) started after having lost his two previous decisions against the Bronx Bombers. He pitched a fine game and relief was overall solid too. The pitching was surprising. The Sox took control early, yet another pleasant surprise, and they never looked back. How many surprises can you stand in one day?
Lester and Staff
Jon Lester pitched seven strong innings, giving up 5 hits and 1 run on a homer. He struck out 4 and walked 1. Three relievers gave up 2 hits total. That was it. The Red Sox led from the first inning and pretty much coasted home.
Adrian Gonzalez continues to hit, going 2 for 3 yesterday, including a first inning two-run homer. His average is now at .308. He’s steadily put up fine numbers the past four weeks. Pedro Ciriaco went 4 of 4 and is hitting .343. Cody Ross went 0 for 4 in the DH spot. Yes, we can use David Ortiz at DH. He should be back soon. Even though Ortiz did not play, he did contribute yesterday.
Big Papi went on record the other day saying that Bobby Valentine should not be fired. In essence, the team had to take responsibility for this season. Ortiz coming out in support of Valentine is yet another example of how this guy leads. He’s done it season after season, calming the choppy waters when needed. I think it was a good move. Of all the people who have addressed the situation, including Cherington, Lucchino, Henry, Pedroia, etc., he is the most trusted and, I think, is seen as being a common sense sort of guy. He’s a team player all the way.
What Do They Have To Lose?
What do the Red Sox have to lose at this point? The answer is nothing. They are pretty much out of it, all that can be said and done is and the soap opera around Bobby Valentine and the team is dying down (partly thanks to the front office, ownership and players, especially Big Papi). So, I say, enjoy the wins when they happen, the losses mean nothing and get excited about the Patriots. New England ventures to Philadelphia to play the Eagles on Monday night. Maybe they’ll offer some offense this time. Think Olympian Demps will play for the Pats this weekend?