It’s only two games, but if you are a fan of the Boston Red Sox, you have to like what you are seeing from the offense.
The Red Sox have shown tremendous patience at the plate in both victories against the New York Yankees. It is not just the 15 runs scored and the 26 hits that jump off of the page so far, it is some other numbers that really stick out early in the season.
The first number is the 367 pitches that Red Sox batters have seen in the first two games. The Yankees’ pitching staff has had to work hard to get the Red Sox batters out. Neither CC Sabathia nor Hiroki Kuroda made it past the fifth-inning, although Kuroda was more injury related.
The next number that jumps out is the 11 walks that Red Sox batters have drawn against the Yankees’ pitching staff.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia is the poster child for this movement, working deeper into counts and making sure that he is not expanding his strike zone. He has three walks and three strikeouts combined in the first two games and has already faced 52 pitches while catching the first two games.
This ability to work counts and have the starting pitching throw a ton of pitches is the formula that the Red Sox used with much success during their glory years from 2003 to 2008. The opposing starting pitcher usually had to throw a ton of pitches, meaning the Red Sox got into the bullpen early and often.
It also meant that the Red Sox had a ton of runners on base, giving the run producers in the lineup an opportunity to drive in runs at a high rate.
While it is only two games, the early indicators are showing that this Red Sox team might have what it takes to score runs in a multitude of different ways over the course of the season.