Thursday, May 26, 2011

And we were worried about what exactly!?!?

Actually, I'm not going to say 'I told you so,' but I did. May 27th, the once 1-7 last place Boston Red Sox are 28-22, with the 5th most wins in the Majors. 8-2 In their last ten, newcomer Adrian Gonzalez hitting .337 and leading the majors with 44 RBI, pitchers Josh Beckett leading the American League with a 1.69 ERA and Jon Lester already notching (7) seven wins. Oh right, There was a reason everyone and their mother was penciling the BoSox in the World Series prior to the first pitch being thrown.

It's a very long season, 162 games to be exact. I'll say that again for you who didn't understand, it's a VERY long season. Why were you willing to write off this team, of all teams?!?! They've got at least three pitchers (1) Josh Beckett, last five starts just two earned runs, (2) Jon Lester, seven or less hits allowed in nine of his ten starts, and (3) Clay Buchholz, last five starts, just two or fewer earned runs allowed in each, all of whom have been dominant. Between Buchholz, Lester, and Beckett, does it really matter how well your four and fives have done? The Red Sox top of the staff have been nothing short of phenomenal as of late. Wasn't that why we were buying very early on? Weren't we buying because of how well Lester and Buchholz competed last season? Weren't we buying because Beckett was bound for a rebound season after his last couple? Didn't we know this was going to play out as well as we've seen? Maybe not, but that's why the Red Sox have been able to rip off consistent wins night in and night out, consistent starting pitching.

As for their dismal start at the plate; they came around. For All-Stars Kevin Youkilis and Dustin Pedroia, coming back from injury took longer than expected. Youkilis has rebounded with hits in each of the last ten games and multiple RBI nights in four of those ten. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia has come on strong as of late with seven hits in his last five games. Major off season acquisition 1st baseman Adrian Gonzalez is straight up en fuego lately. Gonzalez has belted five homers and 16 RBI in his last ten games, aside from that little stint, Gonzalez is also leading the majors as previously mentioned. Ranking amongst the top ten in the American League in runs scored, on base percentage, slugging, RBI, home runs, and batting average, I'd say the Red Sox knew exactly what they were getting when they went hot after Gonzalez in the off season. 'Old-timers,' David Ortiz, already pounded 10 homeruns, and in 24 games behind the plate veteran catcher Jason Varitek has stabilized an exciting Red Sox pitching staff.

I can see the panic if you're a Royals fan, or a Pirates fan, but as a fan of the two-times in the past decade World Series champs, how about we slow down just a bit? After all, when they're in the Fall Classic just five months from now, well remember what you wrote is still going to be in ink!

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