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Boston Red Sox
Oh, boy. The Easter Bunny has come to me early. The Sox are in last place in the East. Is it bad that this makes me giddy? How does John Farrell‘s jaw like that, I wonder? OK, I’ll try and be professional…
The Red Sox went 3-3 this week. So far, the only piece of dependable, effective pitching seems to come from Jon Lester. He’s 2-2 with an ERA of 2.17. Jake Peavy is an interesting story. He has yet to get a decision, but his ERA is a very neat 1.93. He’s only given up 4 earned runs thus far. The Sox have given up 42 walks this season. That is not going to help you retain a championship. Luckily for them, they’ve been able to hang in to most of their contests. The White Sox helped them out on Wednesday by allowing 15 (!) Red Sox batters to jog to first base freely. 15! The Red Sox do not have a single batter in their starting lineup who is hitting over .300. The Great David Ortiz is hitting just .222. They are going to have to pick up the offense if they hope to contend in the AL East.
-The Sox had a bit of a nervous week as they thought they’d have to lose Dustin Pedroia and Koji Uehara to injuries. Neither needed to be placed on the DL. Mike Napoli also dislocated a finger but was back in the lineup Thursday: *WARNING: If you are at all squeamish, you might not want to watch this video*