On Friday, the Boston Red Sox 2014 home opener and ring celebration were thwarted by the visiting Milwaukee Brewers. However, in the process Boston saw a veteran duo become reunited which will prove to be an asset for the remainder of the 2014 season. The Red Sox got a strong performance from starting pitcher Jake Peavy, and his battery mate in the game was former teammate A.J. Pierzynski.
Peavy and Pierzynski were teammates when they were members of the Chicago White Sox from 2009-2012. Through different paths, they have now both donned different color “sox” to try to make another run toward a championship. Peavy was a part of the Red Sox team that won the 2013 World Series and received his ring before the game, while Pierzynski was on the 2005 White Sox team that brought the trophy to Chicago.
Somewhat surprisingly, Pierzynski and his fellow Boston bats were shut down for the most part by Brewers’ starter Marco Estrada. The loss ends the Red Sox streak of nine consecutive home opener wins. While he is off to just a 2-11 start, Pierzynski will prove to be a good signing this season for Boston.
Pierzynski is a veteran presence that knows how to play the game. He will hit down in the order so there will be no pressure on his shoulders to carry the offense. After guys like Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, and Mike Napoli, Pierzynski will be almost a forgotten man within the lineup. Still, his left-handed bat is capable of looping a few balls around Pesky’s pole and provide some production for the Red Sox when others may be struggling at times.
In the rotation, Peavy is another veteran guy on the staff. He is still capable of having a handful of starts where he is just dominant, but he also knows how to grind and win when his stuff may not be at his best. His first start of 2014 was one of those games where he may not have been at his best, but he kept his team in the game and gave them a chance to win. Peavy’s key for the season will simply be to remain healthy and pitching for the Red Sox behind guys like Jon Lester and John Lackey.
The Red Sox have a ton of veteran guys on the roster. As the 2014 season goes on, having Peavy and Pierzynski reunited as a battery will prove to be a positive for Red Sox Nation.
Nick Schaeflein is a Sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ptchr2424 or add him to your network on Google.