The Red Sox opened their season by making a strong statement. The team combined for six home runs, one of them a grand slam, to crush Philadelphia 8-0 Monday, souring the Phillies’ home opener. Clay Bucholz was nearly unhittable on the mound. With the game, the team seemed to say “we’re back and we’re ready to win.”
The Sox currently ranked 8th on The Bleacher Report for MLB rankings, due to the off season additions of Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez. Pitching was a concern after they failed to resign Jon Lester. Another blow came when catcher Christian Vazquez went out with the season-ending Tommy John surgery. They were forced to call up top catching prospect Blake Swihart.
Overall, I feel we will have a decent season and make it to the playoffs but will be up against tough odds to make it to the World Series for the 4th time in 11 years due to the pitching problems. The only way we have a chance of getting to the World Series again would have to be a huge blockbuster trade for a superstar pitcher, which doesn’t seem likely.
The season continues today with another game in Philadelphia. The Sox home opener is Monday, April 13.