It seems as if the bats in the Boston Red Sox lineup have woken up. We will have to wait and see how long it lasts, however. For the time being, the Red Sox jumped all over New York Yankees pitcher Freddy Garcia on Saturday afternoon. The Sox lineup chased Garcia after just 1 2/3 innings in which he allowed 7 hits and 5 earned runs while failing to record a strikeout.
The Yankees hurler has been struggling this season, coming into the game with a record of 0-1 and an ERA just under 7.00 (6.97). In his 10 1/3 innings before facing the Red Sox, Garcia was allowing opposing batters to hit for an average of .317. His Saturday afternoon outing in Boston is sure to increase that ERA substantially.
Despite the fact that Garcia has been less than stellar thus far in 2012, it is still a good sign to see the Boston lineup putting up runs. Even more encouraging is the fact that Felix Doubront has yet to allow a run (at this point through 4 complete innings) and has only allowed 2 hits.
Mike Aviles is leading the team in RBI’s so far today with 2, while Ryan Sweeney, Dustin Pedroia, Adrian Gonzalez, David Ortiz and Darnell McDonald have each added 1 RBI to the run total. The only player in the Boston lineup that has yet to record a hit is catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
There is no doubt that the Red Sox have some pent up frustration, considering the way they were handled yesterday at the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park in addition to the constant media scrutiny over whatever is happening in the clubhouse and a 4-9 record. At least for one day, Boston has found a way to relieve some of that frustration, and it has come in the form of smacking the ball around Fenway. With the way the pitching has looked so far, this club is going to need to continue to put up bunches of runs in order to win.
Winning fixes a lot of things, and this team is in need of a winning streak to quiet the critics and alleviate the media scrutiny. Heck, it might even bring the clubhouse together, but I definitely can’t guarantee that will happen.